About Au Hasard Balthazar
Described by Jean Luc Godard as “the world in an hour and a half”.
Bresson’s poignant study of humanity though the lives of a donkey and its keepers is a masterpiece of allegorical storytelling. Unfolding over a number of years in rural France, Balthazar is passed from owner to owner, becoming both a witness to and victim of their suffering and abuse. Exquisitely told though small details, this poetic and richly textured film holds a mirror up to the world we live in.
Dir: Robert Bresson
Cast: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge, Philippe Asselin
In French with subtitles
If one were looking for a perfectly realized film, Au Hasard Balthazar would be as likely a candidate as any.