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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.

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writers:

Leo Tolstoy (inspired by "Faux billet" by) (as Tolstoï), Robert Bresson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Patey ... Yvon Targe
Vincent Risterucci Vincent Risterucci ... Lucien
Caroline Lang Caroline Lang ... Elise
Sylvie Van den Elsen Sylvie Van den Elsen ... Grey Haired Woman
Michel Briguet Michel Briguet ... Grey Haired Woman's Father
Béatrice Tabourin Béatrice Tabourin ... La photographe
Didier Baussy Didier Baussy ... Le photographe
Marc Ernest Fourneau Marc Ernest Fourneau ... Norbert
Bruno Lapeyre Bruno Lapeyre ... Martial
François-Marie Banier François-Marie Banier
Alain Aptekman Alain Aptekman
Jeanne Aptekman Jeanne Aptekman ... Yvette
Dominique Mullier Dominique Mullier
Jacques Behr Jacques Behr
Gilles Durieux Gilles Durieux
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French | Latin

Release Date:

18 May 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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2 January 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

This is only my second Bresson, the first being "Balthazar." That was rewarding in a sort of intellectual Norman Rockwell sense. This is not.

If you don't know Bresson, he's celebrated in some film communities for his economy, his approach to cinema that supports one view of what it means to be cinematic. I happened to see this on a day I also saw a Matthew Barney project and within near remembrance of a Tarkovsky.

Watching Bresson gives the same reward as reading one of those stories that omits any use of the verb "to be," or perhaps disallows a certain consonant, or maybe more radically forbids punctuation. You're impressed by the extent to which the artist understands the medium, well enough to negotiate his way around certain conventions. But the art isn't in the artifact, its in the method, the approach, the philosophy.

So if you watch this lucidly, you'll be confronted with that philosophy, and whether you really go along with it. Really, this is serious business, because such questions are the stuff out of which we define who we are not. Sure, its cinematic, but how is what matters.

Its a matter of taking away instead of adding, of closing instead of opening, in some way of the small, the slight — but in that, colored by the influence of the insignificant. Intimacies are always small, but loves can be big. Here, it is small, and gentle.

Make your choice.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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