A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, Au hasard Balthazar
, directed by Robert Bresson, follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations outside of his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of humankind. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly. Through Bresson’s unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this simple story becomes a moving parable about purity and transcendence.
- New video interview with film scholar Donald Richie
- “Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson,” a 1966 French television show about the film, featuring Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and members of Balthazar’s cast and crew
- Original theatrical trailer
- Insert featuring a new essay by film scholar James Quandt