L'Argent ★★★★★

No words—again, Bresson leaves me speechless. So much to say, and yet how to get it on paper? On my list of films where I plan to go through each single shot with a class and track the fluctuations in sound and image. Every single sound-image in L'argent is so utterly compelling and magnificently worked out that I'm shocked the film doesn't collapse under the weight of its own cruel perfection. This is adapted from a Tolstoy novella, but really, it is also utterly Flannery O'Connorian—the best adaptation of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" we're likely to get. 84 minutes—not a second wasted.