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L'Argent (1983)

L'argent (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 18 May 1983 (France)
A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person until carelessness leads to tragedy.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Patey ...
Vincent Risterucci ...
Lucien
Caroline Lang ...
Elise
Sylvie Van den Elsen ...
Grey Haired Woman
Michel Briguet ...
Grey Haired Woman's Father
Béatrice Tabourin ...
La photographe
Didier Baussy ...
Le photographe
Marc Ernest Fourneau ...
Norbert
Bruno Lapeyre ...
Martial
François-Marie Banier
Alain Aptekman
Jeanne Aptekman ...
Yvette
Dominique Mullier
Jacques Behr
Gilles Durieux
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A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to turn to crime and murder... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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A Great Film That Needs Close Attention...
16 June 2004 | by (GSO, USA) – See all my reviews

Robert Bresson tells the story of a handful of people who are manipulated by greed for the key component of capitalism: Money (originating in the form of a counterfeit bill, I'll also tell you it's based fairly loosely on a Tolstoy novella "The Forged Note"). A disturbing series of events change the lives of a few individuals and signifies how such a system can rot a human being to their core. Emotionally I connected with this film very strongly, at some points it made me sit up in my seat and shake my head in amazement. However, Bresson's directing style is very different from most. He'll pause and hold moments in time expecting the viewer to stay with him. He'll also decide to leave out parts of a film that most would deem very important (generally, he avoids showing too many scenes that are similar to each other) which can be confusing. But when it comes to paying attention to this film, you'll get much more than you give... I go back to this movie every now and then and find something new to love about it. Rating? easily 10/ 10.


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