in about 100 words or less
France 83m, Colour
Director: Robert Bresson; Cast: Christian Patey, Béatrice Tabourin, Didier Baussy, Vincent Visterucci
Inspired by Tolstoy’s novella The Forged Coupon (1912), L’Argent begins with the passing of a forged 500 franc note in a camera shop. The transaction triggers a chain of tragic events for the film’s protagonist, an oil delivery man who unwittingly attempts to spend one of these notes and is apprehended by the police. L’Argent is a brilliantly austere production in which Bresson explores concepts of greed, hypocrisy and the cost of materialism on the next generation of France’s youth (Klaus Ming March 2015).