France (Robert Bresson) Movies on DVD
Starkly filmed true story about a French Resistance fighter imprisoned by the Nazis who plots a daring escape with a teenage cellmate. Robert Bresson directs this fascinating drama that uses shadowy atmospherics, realistic sets, and a non-professional cast for maximum impact. Francois Leterrier stars. 101 min. Standard; Soundtrack: French PCM mono; Subtitles: English; bonus documentary "The Essence Of Forms" (2010); "Cineastes de Notre Temps" TV episode; more. In French with English subtitles.
The deceptively simple story of a donkey named Balthazar and his treatment (and, often, mistreatment) at the hands of various owners over the years, writer/director Robert Bresson's touching allegorical drama is regarded as a landmark of French cinema. Anne Wiazemsky stars as Balthazar's kindest owner, whose own troubled life parallels the beast's; with Francois Lafarge, Jean-Claude Guilbert. 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; French television show; interview; theatrical trailer. In French with English subtitles.
For his second feature film, director Robert Bresson adapted (with co-scripter Jean Cocteau) a Diderot story about a woman who concocts an elaborate scheme of vengeance against her former lover, fixing him up with another woman with a dark secret in her past. Maria Casares, Paul Bernard star. AKA: "Ladies of the Park." 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono ; Subtitles: English; photo gallery. In French with English subtitles.
The final 24 hours in the sad life of a young girl in rural France are vividly portrayed on the screen by writer/director Robert Bresson, from a brutal rape and the death of her mother to, ultimately, her suicide. Dark, emotionally gripping drama stars Nadine Nortier, Maria Cardinal. 81 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; documentary; featurette; theatrical trailer. In French with English subtitles.
Michel, a young Parisian man freed from jail after a petty theft conviction, is drawn deeper into a life outside the law following his mother's death, and neither his friends nor the woman who loves him seem able to save him, in writer/director Robert Bresson's powerful French New Wave crime drama. Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, and Jean Pelegri star. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; bonus documentary "The Models of 'Pickpocket'" (2003); interviews; theatrical trailer; more. In French with English subtitles.
Director Robert Bresson's compelling and controversial look at contemporary angst among France's twentysomething crowd follows the emotional, ideological, and romantic travails of five young people who look for solace in activism, religion, love, and drugs. Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari star. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In Spanish with English Subtitles.