• Director

    Robert Bresson

  • With

    François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock

  • France 1956. 90min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


  • English subtitles

Based on the true story of a Gestapo prisoner who escaped from prison just hours before his scheduled execution, Bresson’s film is a suspenseful realist drama and a moving metaphorical fable about chance and redemption. Perhaps most remarkably, Bresson (himself a former prisoner of war) conveys how the significance of everything is transformed by incarceration; sounds offer information, and objects become potential tools for escape.

See our new BFI Cinema Club.

The screening on Saturday 18 June will be introduced by independent filmmaker and critic Alex Barrett.

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