Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

Robert Bresson directs Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green and François Lafarge in this arthouse drama about a mistreated donkey who is handed around various owners over his life of drudgery.

One of those bonafide classics, eat your green, pretentious critics favourites that actually somewhat lives up to its reputation. I really struggle with animal cruelty on screen… even simulated… and this remains just about palatable even if it is prolonged over a feature length. Feels very influential on Von Trier and Haneke, and hyper critical of love, man’s treatment of women and blind religious faith as well as the most blatant theme.

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Perfect Double Bill: War Horse (2011)

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