L'Argent ★★★★½

"I'll become good once I'm rich."

ive arrived at the next stop in cinematic education by dipping my toes in the films of robert bresson, someone whos helped shaped not only my favorite filmmakers careers, but the language of cinema as a whole. i was a little apprehensive starting his filmography with his last film, but something about L'argent called to me. i was struck immediately by the matter-of-fact presentation; much of the cinematography is static yet mesmerizingly beautiful, there's not a soundtrack to back it up, and the performances are detached yet disturbing. given to a lesser filmmaker, i cant imagine this being pulled off with such an attention to every detail and angle. L'Argent coldness and acidity is equaled only by its ability to entrance and unsettle. bresson makes even the smallest gestures seem calculated and purposeful like opening a door or trading pieces of paper that infect and destroy lives like a virus. its lovely to see a filmmaker in their twilight years essentially end their career by saying "eat the rich!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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