Brilliant Robert Bresson! "Le vent souffle ou il veut" is the metaphoric title for this film and reveals all the struggles to survive and regain freedom with no certainty of succes. Fontaine it's the embodiment of all high qualities a man can have, even if at some point a murder come in question; perseverence, faith in his own powers, sharpness of the mind, beauty kept clean in the filthiest muds. For sure is one of the best films that I saw until now.
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
I cannot recall a film which realises its diegesis so effectively through such a minimalist mise en scène as this film.
Almost the perfect subject matter for a Bresson film. The last act also works as one of the best suspense sequences I've ever seen.
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.
For me, this is a perfect film. I was completely transported and when it released me, I felt....sublime.