L'argent

L'argent

Directed by Robert Bresson • 1983 • France, Switzerland
Starring Christian Patey, Vincent Risterucci, Caroline Lang

In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, L’ARGENT follows a counterfeit bill as it originates as a prop in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver and leading him to incarceration and violence. With brutal economy, Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence.

L'argent
  • L'argent

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1983 • France, Switzerland
    Starring Christian Patey, Vincent Risterucci, Caroline Lang

    In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a ...

Extras

  • L’ARGENT Cannes Press Conference

    The following half-hour press conference for L’ARGENT, featuring director Robert Bresson and his cast, was filmed during the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 1983.

  • L’ARGENT A to Z

    In this essay, written and narrated by James Quandt in 2017, the film scholar explores the cinematic world of Robert Bresson and how L’ARGENT represents the summation of the director's style.