Dave Filipi on Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar

I’ve limited to choose myself to one film per director—otherwise my list might easily have included every Bresson film in the collection. I’m always struck by the sensation that I’m seeing a Bresson film for the first time no matter how many times I’ve seen it. I never remember plot points or performances, just a lingering feeling of having a profound experience. Through Balthazar the donkey, Bresson shows us that there is beauty and dignity in all that makes us human—from kindness to suffering. There is no way to top Godard’s quote on the film—"The world in an hour and a half"—so I won’t even try.

Source: The Criterion Collection