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2,274 Ratings

Le trou

Directed by Jacques Becker
France, Italy, 1960
Crime, Drama, Thriller


Four prison inmates have been hatching a plan to literally dig out of jail when another prisoner, Claude Gaspard, is moved into their cell. They take a risk and share their plan with the newcomer. Over three days, the five men start making their way out – yet their escape is anything but assured.

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Le trou Directed by Jacques Becker

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1962 | 2 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

There is little verbal development of their characters or backstories. Becker rarely used any of the common devices for evoking interiority or subjectivity. His attention was devoted to behavior, gesture, action, and interaction, yet there is depth of feeling in even his lightest touches.
August 28, 2018
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There’s something weirdly Zen about these characters. Yes, they’re anxious to get out, but there’s an air of resignation about them, too. It’s not so much that they must escape, it’s that they couldn’t live with themselves if they didn’t try… Le Trou is not just a movie about tough guys trying to break out of prison; it’s a movie about doomed romantics.
June 27, 2017
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Considering [the] appreciation, it’s odd that “Le Trou” has never found a niche in the repertory pantheon. Was it the absence of stars? The director’s demise? The distributor’s inexperience? Perhaps it was the movie’s disquieting philosophical kicker. “Le Trou” denounces injustice and celebrates solidarity, leaving you to ponder what happens when those values collide.
June 23, 2017
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