Two Robert Bresson Blu-rays in April
Artificial Eye have announced the release of two Robert Bresson masterpieces on Blu-ray and DVD from April 29th.
AU HASARD BALTHAZAR
Revered director Robert Bresson’s celebrated masterpiece is the seemingly simple yet profoundly moving and deeply affecting tale of Balthazar, a donkey in rural France.
Passed from owner to owner, in turn treated kindly and cruelly, always inhabiting a world beyond his control, Balthazar exists as a beast of burden, suffering for the sins of man. But through his silence and powerlessness – as well as Bresson’s masterly touch - his trajectory becomes a stirring, transcendental allegory of purity and hope.
A film unlike any other, AU HASARD BALTHAZAR was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and has rightly taken its place in the pantheon of greatest French films ever made.
MOUCHETTE is one of Robert Bresson’s greatest cinematic achievements, plumbing immense emotional depths in one of the most searing, heartbreaking portraits of human frailty ever committed to celluloid. Hemmed in by a dying mother, an alcoholic father and a baby brother in need of care, the adolescent Mouchette searches for sanctuary in nature and domestic chores.
As the delicate intricacies of her life are played out a touching, tender and tragic portrait is painted, making her of one of cinema’s most memorable tragic heroines. An essential piece of classic French filmmaking.