The film ends just like it begins. It begins with a woman, getting inside one of the rooms in the train. And in the end, we see Céline doing the same thing and it's shot in the same way as it was in the beginning. What if the story revolved around the woman in the beginning? What could've been different? Perhaps everything. I believe, with this, Linklater is hinting the viewer that what we have witnessed in this film is…
A slow-burn thriller, full of systematical criticism and bourgeoisie mockery. On the surface, Chabrol seems to make thrillers and many people interpret his films as such. But actually, behind all this suspense, he makes films that reveal the true side of the bourgeoisie; which is full of lies. As the title of the film states, the bourgeoisie hide behind certain "masks" to cover all the fraud going on behind the curtains — and in "Masques" Chabrol displays this perfectly.
Being actually poor is no way near how the poverty is portrayed in this film. It's not fun and people don't have the opportunity to just go and stay at their sister's or get healthcare whenever they want. Poverty and capitalist system kill people.
But yeah, film festivals and many people love these films. Some stunning shots of a woman gazing through sunsets and an "aesthetic" cinematography... What a cinematic masterpiece (!)
Au Hasard Balthazar is unlike anything I've seen before. Writing about Bresson's films is hard for me since his work lies in simplicity and mystery. In Bresson's cinema, one hand gesture or a single tear dropping from the eye can evoke countless thoughts only the cinema can.
In Au Hasard Balthazar, we see the parallel life of a donkey named Balthazar and Marie, who loves Balthazar very much. Balthazar can't make any sort of decision for its own fate, it's…