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The Devil, Probably (1977)

Le diable probablement (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 June 1977 (France)
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, ... See full summary »


Robert Bresson


Robert Bresson
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Antoine Monnier Antoine Monnier ... Charles
Tina Irissari Tina Irissari ... Alberte
Henri de Maublanc Henri de Maublanc ... Michel
Laetitia Carcano Laetitia Carcano ... Edwige
Nicolas Deguy Nicolas Deguy ... Valentin
Régis Hanrion Régis Hanrion ... Dr. Mime, Psychanalyste
Geoffroy Gaussen Geoffroy Gaussen ... Libraire
Roger Honorat Roger Honorat ... Commissaire
Vincent Cottrel Vincent Cottrel
Laurence Delannoy Laurence Delannoy
Laetitia Martinneti Laetitia Martinneti
Martin Schlumberger Martin Schlumberger
Thadee Klossowsky Thadee Klossowsky
Miguel Irissari Miguel Irissari
Nadine Boyer-Vidal Nadine Boyer-Vidal


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 Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The critic J. Hoberman described the movie with one sentence: "A Dostoyevskian story of a tormented soul, presented in the stylized manner of a medieval illumination." See more »


Charles: To reassure people, you only have to deny the facts.
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Referenced in Paintbrush (2008) See more »


Ego Dormio
Music by Claudio Monteverdi (as Monteverdi)
Orchestration by R.P. Émile Martin (as R.P. Martin)
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The Devil, Probably : The least known and understood among Bresson's films.
9 February 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

One wonders what really led the French government to ban "Le Diable, Probablement", a film directed by one of French cinema's most admired directors Robert Bresson. It does not have anything to incite young people to commit suicides and participate in riots. The film makes good use of mixing documentary footage with those of a feature film. This technique results in enabling viewers to know more about various actors and their personal motivations. The neutrality of French youth is revealed through the depiction of a simple youth who express intentions of avoiding society in order not to be misled. The title comes from a sentence uttered by a middle-aged man on in a bus. There are a plenty of Bressonian touches in this film about a young man who is liked by two women. However, this is not the only thing which admirers and fans of Robert Bresson can look out to watch. A serious viewer can also watch how the story of a suicide disguised as a murder was revealed on time.

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15 June 1977 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,688, 15 January 2012

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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