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L'Argent (1983)

L'argent (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime , Drama | 18 May 1983 (France)
A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person until carelessness leads to tragedy.

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writers:

Robert Bresson, Leo Tolstoy (short story "Faux billet") (as Tolstoï)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Patey Christian Patey ... Yvon Targe
Vincent Risterucci Vincent Risterucci ... Lucien
Caroline Lang Caroline Lang ... Elise
Sylvie Van den Elsen Sylvie Van den Elsen ... Grey Haired Woman
Michel Briguet Michel Briguet ... Grey Haired Woman's Father
Béatrice Tabourin Béatrice Tabourin ... La photographe
Didier Baussy Didier Baussy ... Le photographe
Marc Ernest Fourneau Marc Ernest Fourneau ... Norbert
Bruno Lapeyre Bruno Lapeyre ... Martial
François-Marie Banier François-Marie Banier
Alain Aptekman Alain Aptekman
Jeanne Aptekman Jeanne Aptekman ... Yvette
Dominique Mullier Dominique Mullier
Jacques Behr Jacques Behr
Gilles Durieux Gilles Durieux
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Storyline

A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to turn to crime and murder... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French | Latin

Release Date:

18 May 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Last film directed by Robert Bresson. See more »

Quotes

Yvon Targe: Wait. Everyone will be happy soon. I won't wait around for that. Believe me, it will bore us stupid. I want happiness now, on my terms.
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L'Argent directed by Robert Bresson. Bressonian touches to a Tolstovian work of art ! ! ! !
30 July 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Robert Bresson's last film is based on a short story by great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.L'Argent is not at all a direct adaptation of Tolstoy's work of literary production "Faux Billet".It is a film for which Bresson infused some of his own ideas in order to create a different narrative.It was made in 1983 thanks to personal intervention by French minister of culture Jack Lang whose daughter Caroline played an important role in it. L'argent is a Christian story of redemption about an innocent man who is doomed due to the carelessness of reckless people.We see that due to class difference and power struggle Yvon is condemned to hell.L'argent throws light on misfortunes associated with money.It depicts that many people from good backgrounds are involved in wrong doing.In L'Argent, we primarily see a simplicity of actions,gestures,sound and images. Bresson achieved this effect by creating a film in which events happen in quick succession.It is expected that the audience will remain focused in order to appreciate its sequence of events.One would be surprised to note that even violent acts are shown in a cold,detached manner.L'argent is recommended as a good film which is a good example of perfect collaboration between a filmmaker and a writer.


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