Based on a true story, Robert Bresson's gripping tale of a French prisoner who plots a daring escape from a Nazi prison during WWII is a masterclass in creating suspense. Simple, methodical, and almost unbearably intense, A MAN ESCAPED is the great jailbreak film, a work of immense efficiency and assurance. Bresson's pared down, naturalist aesthetic serves to create tension out of the most mundane elements. Brilliant
Intensely conscious of space and texture; a heist in reverse; courage and crippling indecision
Though not my favourite prison escape film - that honour going to Becker's Le Trou - Bresson's meticulous account of a Frenchman's incarceration and subsequent escape from a Lyon jail had an impact that surely influenced every film that followed in this most gripping of genres, whether it be Siegel's Escape From Alcatraz or Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption. Based on a true story, this absorbing film is a must-see!
One of the most suspenseful, gripping films I've ever seen. I don't think I stirred once during all 100 minutes.
From the opening sequence, this is one of the most simple and supremely intense prison escape films ever seen. A classic that plays with the audience from the beginning with it's title.
while obviously one of Bresson's masterpieces,nourishing his simple and minimalist form... such a film would not have been so perfect if it weren't for François Leterrier's performance. incredible.
In all my years of hard cinephilia, one question above all has haunted me: What is the essence of cinema?. Though I know it's going to be a hard and long road to figure it out, I'm sure Bresson knew the answer. And watching this absolute masterpiece has given me, perhaps, some clue on where to find my own.