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 !
The trouble with money is that it is simultaneously what makes the world go ‘round and the root of all evil. In this film, it mostly just ruins people’s lives. Bresson rather unforgivingly puts down people’s greediness by showing us a character who is goes from wrongly being accused for producing counterfeit money to murdering a family with an axe. Maybe a little heavy handed, but effective none the less.
Bresson at perhaps his purest and darkest. A whirl of events showcasing the power unexpected actions can have rapidly unfold. Absent is any substantial character psychology,moments for reflection or any clear reason as minimalism dominates. This bareness is, at times, more frustrating than in Bresson's earlier masterpieces, but the complexity of his study of the individual in society is still incredible.