During the Cannes press conference, Robert Bresson said that you must not try to understand his films but you must feel them. It doesn't work this way with 'L'Argent' which is one of the coldest Bresson movies, without an ounce of emotion. It's rather a question of feeling an intellectual emotion here. Because there's really a lot of meat around the bone. Recommended.
Hot to the touch. Detailed as ever, but these details are part of a more chaotic world than Bresson has ever depicted, ruled by violent games of chance and part-objects eluding grasp at every turn. It is, in some way, all about money, but to make a movie about money, Bresson has to forget the forged bills and move on a straight course from innocence to criminality to evil and...back again? Amazing photography.
We can't go wrong with Bresson but this one lack of poetical dimension to compete with his early film. However it remains a surprising film with a strong critical capacity to examine the motives of criminality. Really twisted and convincing Chabrol-esque ending !