• Released
  • February 19, 1970
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • Drama
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Au Hasard Balthazar Synopsis
The randomness of his many owners fills a donkey's life with both loving care and misery.
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TV Guide

This great film, made with uncompromising honesty and devastating reality, is, according to Jean-Luc Godard, "the world in an hour and a...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
1966 French masterpiece -- the finest, most deeply personal work of a filmmaker who has been compared, justifiably, to both Dostoyevsky and...
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Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Perhaps the greatest and most revolutionary of Bresson's films, Balthazar is a difficult but transcendently rewarding experience, never to...
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
The final scene of Balthazar's demise is one of cinema's most moving and haunting moments.
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Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
To cut to the chase, Robert Bresson's heart-breaking and magnificent Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) -- the story of a donkey's life and death in...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Bresson suggests that we are all Balthazars. Despite our dreams, hopes and best plans, the world will eventually do with us whatever it...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
To see Au Hasard Balthazar is to understand the limits of religious literalism in movies -- the limits, even, of movies themselves. Bresson...
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Los Angeles Times

By Manohla Dargis
If in Bresson's films nothing ever seems out of place or superfluous it's because he strove to find the essential truth of the image. Not...
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