Lawrence O'Toole
August 12, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Man Escaped

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Francois Leterrier, Charles LeClainiche
director
Robert Bresson
genre
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it an A+

A Man Escaped, director Robert Bresson’s film of a Resistance fighter’s escape from a Nazi prison, is, as a prologue reads, ”a true story unadorned,” and it is Bresson’s unadorned, almost ascetic style that lifts the tale beyond a genre piece. He makes us identify so strongly with the doe-eyed protagonist (Francois Leterrier) and draws us so compellingly into the precision of his breakout plans that we, too, feel the terrifying silences and experience the prisoner’s anxieties about imminent death or freedom. A+

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