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Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

France/Sweden 95m, B&W
Director: Robert Bresson; Cast: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green,François Lafarge, Philippe Asselin, Nathalie Joyaut, Jean-Claude Guilbert

au hasard balthazarThe unlikely story of the life and death of a donkey, Au Hasard Balthazar is a disturbing film not only for the animal cruelty that is depicted, but perhaps the ways in which the animal was used in the making of the film. Intended as an analogy for human suffering and perseverance, Balthazar the donkey serves as a remarkable proxy, and is easily the film’s most interesting and sympathetic character (Klaus Ming June 2016).

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4 comments on “Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

  1. nicolaskrizan
    06/10/2016

    A very strange concept, but I think Bresson pulls it off quite well!

  2. charsmoviereviews
    01/08/2017

    Quite a moving picture. I recently wrote a blog post on the film and will share. https://charsmoviereviews.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/au-hasard-balthazar-1966/

  3. Klaus
    01/22/2017

    Poor Balthazar 😦

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