TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings

Le Diable probablement

The Devil, Probably

Robert BressonFrance90 minutes197714AColourFrench English

Jun 14
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The most controversial film of Robert Bresson's career, Le Diable probablement was prohibited to viewers under the age of 18 in France as an incitement to suicide. A work that in many ways seems more relevant now than when it was made, Le Diable traces the last six months in the life of a young Parisian in search of his own demise, who rejects the conventional solutions offered by politics and religion, saying "My sickness is that I see clearly." "Bresson's best film since Pickpocket.... Even though Bresson has painted a dark picture of wasted youth and beauty, one comes out of the film with a sense of exultation. When a civilization can produce a work of art as perfectly achieved as this, it is hard to believe that there is no hope for it" (Richard Roud).

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