"Au Hasard Balthazar"
Directed by Robert Bresson
Inspired by a passage from Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, Robert
Bresson's masterpiece follows the tragic journey of Balthazar, a sad-eyed
donkey who endures a series of cruelties as he's passed from owner to
owner. The animal's plight mirrors the situation of his first owner, Marie
(Anna Wiazemsky), while simultaneously evoking the martyrdom of Christ.
The finest realization of Bresson's unique approach to framing, sound
design, and narrative, this is a film "for which the words 'sublime,'
'transcendent,' and 'masterpiece' can seem somehow lacking" (Manhola
Dargis, Los Angeles Times). French with English subtitles.