Robert Bresson's use of macro storytelling through gesture and silence creates gives way to the importance of the essential details of life. It's great to see storytelling done in this fashion. I'm not too big on the film itself, but I can't knock the filmmaking.
A potent nihilistic film, that depicts life as it is; a somewhat random string of beautiful and profoundly sad events. The donkey Balthazar witnesses great cruelty and (very rarely) kindness from the people coming in and out of its life. His view of life is as a spectator, through him the film's audience is left to process their emotions. In all its simplicity it depicts the human condition in under two hours... wow.
Film catches you in a way and puts you in a deep melancholy at the end. We lately understood that we are following the donkey and her. The young girl, loosing all her hopes is so touching. Even in the last sceen you cant stop to say that the man should save her! Anybody can save her! But nobody!
it is questioning the ownership and sense of belonging with using donkey and girl.İf you dont ask yourself ''why this director showed early small ages of this donkey ?''you cant understand this movie anytime . donkey and people growed together.grown up donkey is still same but adult people turns into beast . this animal represents the lost innocence of humanity .Girl and donkey just tools for explaining this topics.
My girlfriend cried for fifteen minutes at the end of the film and said that it was "terrible" for its depiction of animal cruelty. What is remarkable is that the emotional power of the film comes from its lack of emotion. We have become used to the language of cinema being used to coax and manipulate our feelings. But, the flat acting, the absence of emotional cues are what makes this so frustrating and powerful.