The Devil, Probably

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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 18, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1977
  • Label: Olive Films
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • French
    • Subtitles - English

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Rating: 4/5 -- Hold on to something, Bresson implies, or you may fall in love with boredom itself. See it for the mood. Full Review
Time Out
Apr 17, 2012
...[Still sheds] its influence on the present....An important piece of [Bresson's] rigorous, rewarding career... -- Critic's Choice
New York Times
Nov 4, 1994
Thirty-five years on, The Devil, Probably can still trigger a shock of recognition. Full Review
Artforum
May 23, 2014
Not a masterwork perhaps, but certainly the work of a master, and, judging from the work of many of his young French disciples (including Leos Carax), one of his most influential features. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 5, 2013
Rating: 2/5 -- Robert Bresson's most earnest film is also his least engaging. Full Review
Radio Times
May 23, 2014
It remains as potent today: a sequence in which Bresson's student protagonists watch a film showing man's destruction of the environment could have been filmed last week.
Sight and Sound
Aug 1, 2008
Its case is presented rather than argued: one buys its cosmic bleakness or one doesn't, but there is no doubt about the conviction with which it is put. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006

Product Description:

French master Robert Bresson adds another moving, reflective film to his catalogue with THE DEVIL, PROBABLY. In a flashback, the film recounts the final days of Charles (Antoine Monnier), a somber Parisian youth who is struggling to find meaning and redemption in modern big-city life. Unable to find happiness and justification in religion, politics, or within himself, he begins to spend time with two women, Alberte (Tina Irissari) and Edwige (Laetitia Carcano), with the hopes of making a lasting connection. Ultimately, these attempts fail also, rendering him utterly depressed and empty. His unbearable sorrow finally catches up with him one night, when he strikes a deal with a smack-addled devil in the Pere Lachaise cemetery.

Bresson's film is a deeply melancholy portrayal of alienated youth, which earned the acclaimed director the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Working with cinematographer Pasqualino De Santis and composer Philippe Sarde, Bresson paces his film somberly, though at 95 minutes, it never drags. Monnier's Charles brilliantly symbolizes a growing number of disillusioned young adults in the latter half of the 20th century, capturing that youthful despair with a sincerity that has rarely been captured on celluloid. Whereas Bresson's earlier MOUCHETTE dealt more personally with depression and suicide, this film works on a far grander scale, speaking for any teenager who has ever contemplated suicide.

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