(Part of our ‘French Language Cinema Season‘ at the Institut français d’Écosse.)
A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France. Based on the account of an imprisoned French Resistance leader, this unbelievably taut and methodical marvel follows the fictional Fontaine’s (François Leterrier) single-minded pursuit of freedom, detailing the planning and execution of his escape with gripping precision. But Bresson’s film is not merely about process—it’s also a work of intense spirituality and humanity.
“One of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time.” (Criterion)
“A prison-escape film as work of transcendental art, A Man Escaped is a great movie as well as an ideal introduction to the work of Robert Bresson.” (Slant Magazine)