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Au Hasard Balthazar ()

Au hasard Balthazar (original title)
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The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

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Marie
Walter Green ...
Jacques
François Lafarge ...
Gérard
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Arnold
Philippe Asselin ...
Marie's father
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Merchant
Nathalie Joyaut ...
Marie's mother
Marie-Claire Fremont ...
Baker's wife
Jean-Joël Barbier ...
The Priest
Guy Renault
Jean Rémignard ...
Notary
Guy Brejac
Mylène Weyergans
Jacques Sorbets ...
Police Officer
François Sullerot ...
Baker
Henri Fraisse
Gilles Sandier
Dominique Moune
Tord Pååg ...
Louis (as Tord Paag)
René Pascal ...
(as René Bazart)
Pascale Savornin
Isabelle Petit
Roger Fjellstrom
Isabelle de Winter
Sven Frostenson
José Ruiz Pernias

Directed by

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Robert Bresson

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Robert Bresson ... ()

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Mag Bodard ... producer

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Jean Wiener

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Ghislain Cloquet

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Raymond Lamy

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Geneviève Billo ... assistant editor

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Pierre Charbonnier

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Michel Choquet ... assistant production manager
Philippe Dussart ... production manager
René Pascal ... assistant production manager

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Sven Frostenson ... assistant director
Jacques Kébadian ... assistant director
Claude Miller ... assistant director

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Jean Catala ... props
Dominique Ribeyrolles ... set dresser

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Antoine Archimbaud ... sound engineer
Jacques Carrère ... sound engineer

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Jean Chiabaut ... camera operator
Emmanuel Machuel ... assistant camera

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Maurice Jumeau ... location manager

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Jean Dréjac ... music editor

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Geneviève Cortier ... script girl
Guy Renault ... animal trainer

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Plot Summary

This is the story of a donkey and the somewhat difficult life it leads. During a summer holiday, the baby donkey is a child's pet but when they return home, it begins it's life of misery. It works as a farm animal, pulling a delivery cart and working as any manner as various owners require of it. Meanwhile, the young girl who first acquired Balthazar as a pet grows up, only to be badly treated herself by an indifferent and selfish boyfriend. Written by garykmcd

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Also Known As
  • Min vän Balthazar (Sweden)
  • Balthazar (United States)
  • Au Hasard Balthazar (United States)
  • Au Hasard Balthazar (United Kingdom)
  • Al azar, Baltasar (Spain)
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  • 95 min
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Trivia Balthazar was an untrained donkey during most of the filming, which made Bressons's work a real challenge. The only scene for which the donkey was trained was the circus math trick. See more »
Goofs The "for Sale" sign that is on the fence when Balthazar runs through the gate is different to the one seen in close-up. Also, when he runs through the gate, the sign is in shadow but in close-up it is in full sun. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Seul le cinéma (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Piano Sonata No.20 in A Major, II. Andantino (D. 959) See more »
Quotes Marie's mother: He is in despair. Comfort him.
[Marie's father turns away]
Priest: You must forgive. Everyone. Much will be forgiven you. You have suffered.
Marie's father: I may suffer less than you think.
Priest: [Reading] God does not foresake forever. He may punish, yet he will have compassion. H does not willingly afflict the children of men.
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