7.9/10
15,616
77 user 109 critic

Balthazar (1966)

Au hasard Balthazar (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 25 May 1966 (France)
The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writer:

Robert Bresson

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Mouchette (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young girl living in the French countryside suffers constant indignities at the hand of alcoholism and her fellow man.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal
Pickpocket (1959)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri
A Man Escaped (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
L'Argent (1983)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person until carelessness leads to tragedy.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Christian Patey, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Michel Briguet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Charles drifts through politics, religion and psychoanalysis, rejecting them all. Once he realises the depth of his disgust with the moral and physical decline of the society he lives in, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari, Henri de Maublanc
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial), concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Florence Delay, Jean-Claude Fourneau, Roger Honorat
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A million miles away from 'Camelot' or 'Excalibur', this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials. Arthur's knights, far from being heroic, are conniving ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young woman kills herself, leaving no explanation to her grief-stricken pawnbroker husband. We learn in flashback about how they met, married, and how she failed to adapt her lifestyle to... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Dominique Sanda, Guy Frangin, Jeanne Lobre
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The 'dreamer' is Jacques, a young painter, who by chance runs into Marthe as she's contemplating suicide on the Pont-Neuf in Paris. They talk, and agree to see each other again the next ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Isabelle Weingarten, Guillaume des Forêts, Jean-Maurice Monnoyer
Ordet (1955)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye
L'Avventura (1960)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Wiazemsky ... Marie
Walter Green Walter Green ... Jacques
François Lafarge François Lafarge ... Gérard
Jean-Claude Guilbert ... Arnold
Philippe Asselin Philippe Asselin ... Marie's Father
Pierre Klossowski ... Merchant
Nathalie Joyaut Nathalie Joyaut ... Marie's Mother
Marie-Claire Frémont Marie-Claire Frémont ... Baker's Wife
Jean-Joël Barbier Jean-Joël Barbier ... The Priest
Guy Renault Guy Renault
Jean Rémignard Jean Rémignard ... Notary
Guy Brejac Guy Brejac
Mylène Weyergans Mylène Weyergans
Jacques Sorbets Jacques Sorbets ... Police Officer
François Sullerot François Sullerot ... Baker
Edit

Storyline

This is the story of a donkey and the somewhat difficult life it leads. During a summer holiday, the baby donkey is a child's pet but when they return home, it begins it's life of misery. It works as a farm animal, pulling a delivery cart and working as any manner as various owners require of it. Meanwhile, the young girl who first acquired Balthazar as a pet grows up, only to be badly treated herself by an indifferent and selfish boyfriend. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Sweden

Language:

French | Latin

Release Date:

25 May 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Au Hasard Balthazar See more »

Filming Locations:

Guyancourt, Yvelines, France

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,436, 19 October 2003

Gross USA:

$45,406

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,406
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In an interview, Bresson said he was inspired to make the story after reading a passage in Dostoyevsky's novel The Idiot, in which the main character the Prince mentions his special fondness among animals for the lowly donkey. See more »

Goofs

The "for Sale" sign that is on the fence when Balthazar runs through the gate is different to the one seen in close-up. Also, when he runs through the gate, the sign is in shadow but in close-up it is in full sun. See more »

Quotes

Marie's mother: He is in despair. Comfort him.
[Marie's father turns away]
Priest: You must forgive. Everyone. Much will be forgiven you. You have suffered.
Marie's father: I may suffer less than you think.
Priest: [Reading] God does not foresake forever. He may punish, yet he will have compassion. H does not willingly afflict the children of men.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Story of Film: An Odyssey: European New Wave (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No.20 in A Major, II. Andantino (D. 959)
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Jean-Joël Barbier
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of Bresson's best films!!
7 February 2000 | by che-29See all my reviews

It took me years to track down a video copy of this rare film. It was definitely worth searching for. It's my favorite of Bresson's films. A very intense and dark drama about the quality of human and animal life on the face of the earth. This film will definitely bring you to your knees.


17 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 77 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed