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Charles drifts through politics, religion and psychoanalysis, rejecting them all. Once he realises the depth of his disgust with the moral and physical decline of the society he lives in, he decides that suicide is the only option... Written by
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Robert Bresson's twelfth feature film depicts a story which is set during a summer in Paris several years after the historic student protest which took place in May 1968 in France, and starts off with images from two newspapers declaring the death of the main character. However the cause of his death is viewed differently whereas one newspaper describes it as a suicide and the other as a suicide-murder plot. Here on out the story moves six months back in time and introduces the viewers to Charles, a detached existentialist in his mid- 20's interacting in a relationship with Alberte.
The characteristic and disciplined style of French auteur Robert Bresson (1901/1907-1999) is prominent in his second to last film which won the Silver Bear at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival in 1977. The acting (performed by non-professionals) as the filming, is often static and at times it seems like the characters only function is to convey the dialog without any signs of emotion, which is in accordance with the directors view on actors as non-theatrical models. As in his earlier films "A Man Escaped" (1956) and "Pickpocket" (1959) the actors mostly walk through the film following their given destinies and much of the tension comes from the directors use of sudden natural sounds which irrupts the ongoing silence and Close-ups where he focuses on single acts.
"The Devil Probably" is a slow-paced and remarkably minimalistic study of character lightened by sporadic moments of spiritual joy and a socially critical art film engrossed with existentialistic themes.
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