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1,629 Ratings


Directed by Robert Bresson
France, Switzerland, 1983
Crime, Drama


A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn’t see it for what it is – which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to turn to crime and murder.

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L'argent Directed by Robert Bresson
The ominous “agent” at work here is money: the workings of an entire capitalist system boiled down to the movement of a forged note and the unstoppable catastrophe that it triggers. As money travels, it dehumanizes everyone it touches, no matter their class or religious or ideological beliefs. What, in other hands, could be played as the premise for a screwball comedy (the phony dollar bill that caused such riotous havoc in a small-town community!) is treated by Bresson as the darkest tragedy.
July 11, 2017
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Finality itself is ultimately L’Argent’s subject, the resting place of a lifelong search for truth in moving images. This is as true and purposeful as cinematography can be. This is Bresson’s goodbye fifteen years before his death. He’d said all he needed to. He’d brought film to a place from which it could thankfully never return.
October 12, 2016
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Bresson captures the moral weight of tiny gestures in brisk, precise images, and conveys the cosmic evil of daily life through one of the all-time great soundtracks, full of the rustle of bills and the clink of change, the click of a cash register and the snap of locks. These noises make the exchange of labor and goods for money play like original sin itself.
October 07, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • tidal waif's rating of the film L'argent

    Trends do not shape all art forms and life stances simultaneously. That’s what I felt while watching L’Argent yesterday among a slightly tipsy audience that could not repress chuckling at a few too-deadpan-to-be-missed moments which diminished my trust that L’Argent was as as sharp and aging genes-deficient as Persona, yet still unmistakably good: I felt that Toulmin’s study about Wittgenstein’s Vienna perhaps lacked

  • Ethan's rating of the film L'argent

    For his final film, Bresson delivers an intimate and cynical portrait of society and human nature. His camera captures so much that we take for granted in some of the most intriguing angles ever committed to celluloid. A true artist of the cinema.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film L'argent

    I love Bresson, but this was painful. Things that worked so well before, like the use of untrained actors and a moral dimension completely backfired. What you got was bad acting, and a tale that was so simplistic in it's moral implications that it was offensive.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film L'argent

    A most stunning swan song to Bresson's work. Tackling the 'God of our times', Bresson locates the root of evil in an ATM's supply. This works as a powerful visual metaphor for evil's circulation (ie. the money-form) in society and although far from Marxism, L'Argent is ineluctably caught in this discourse. Simultaneously a critique of the society of the spectacle, its materialist aesthetic codifies anew saving grace.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film L'argent

    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.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film L'argent

    In his last film, Bresson, via Tolstoy, is our acerbic escort and tour-guide from the devil to the deep cheap aisles of plenty, nailing as he goes both the particularly pinched nexus of easy cash and awol ethics of the recessionary early '80s and the more enduring insidiousness of our implacably transactional nature. "Ou est l'argent?!" No matter, no man can find the money; idle hands, come join the trompe le monde.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film L'argent

    As political commentary, the film very subtly communicates the ironies of criminality; that those who initiated the chain of events receive little to no punishment, while those on the bottom rung are forced to suffer a genuine humiliation. More than anything, Bresson's masterpiece embodies the quote from Godard's character Uncle Jeannot in First Name, Carmen; "when shit's worth money, the poor won't have arseholes."

  • joey Noodles's rating of the film L'argent

    14 down, 0 to go. The end of my Bressonathon, and it finishes in typically spare, minimalist style. One of my favourite late Bressons, one that succeeds in balancing honesty with realism. Money rules the world, here doors are constantly opening and closing, money is always being exchanged, the liars get off free and the good men are turned bad. 4/5

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