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Venerated master director Robert Bresson’s celebrated chef d’oeuvre Au Hasard Balthazar is the seemingly simple yet profoundly moving tale of a donkey in rural France. Passed from one owner to the next, treated in turn gently and harshly, Balthazar inhabits a world beyond his control. But through his silence and powerlessness – as well as Bresson’s masterly touch – his trajectory becomes a stirring, transcendental allegory of purity and hope, ultimately echoing the life of Jesus Christ. A film truly unlike any other, this deeply affecting and ravishingly realized piece of cinematic genius has rightly taken its place in the pantheon of greatest films ever made. Here, lavishly restored and re-packaged, it is re-released for a new generation to discover its depths, charms and heartfelt wonder at life.
This really is a classic film, although one that probably won't be to everyone's taste. A black-and-white film following the simple life of a mis-treated donkey might not seem very interesting or promising, but it's actually very revealing about the nature of humanity and our capacity for both love and cruelty. The ending is incredibly moving and heartbreaking - not a film to watch on a Saturday night in then, but one that you really should see at least once.