in about 100 words or less
France/Sweden 95m, B&W
Director: Robert Bresson; Cast: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green,François Lafarge, Philippe Asselin, Nathalie Joyaut, Jean-Claude Guilbert
The 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).