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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Francois Lafarge
Nathalie Joyaut
Annie Wiazemsky
Phillippe Asselin
Directors
Robert Bresson
Screenwriters
Robert Bresson
Running Time
95 minutes

Au Hasard Balthazar
Bresson's mule jewel


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Plot
As he passes between various owners, a donkey named Balthazar is alternately adored and abused in a cycle which mirrors that experienced by Marie, the farmer's daughter who named him.


Verdict
If you can see past the heavy-handed religious overtones you will encounter an inspired and deeply intelligent Bresson classic.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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