Au Hasard Balthazar
Directed by Robert Bresson
Has it really been two weeks since I last posted? I have been extremely busy and today only managed to squeeze this movie in while I was unpacking. Unpacking has to be one of the biggest pains in the asses (besides when people say anyways) as it always takes about triple the time that I think it will. ANYWAY, this wasn't exactly the welcome back gift that I would have wanted.
Balthazar is a donkey is passed around from owner to owner. First of all, isn't that the name of a demon? I am pretty sure it showed up in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Regardless, Balthazar's journey is paralleled by his most beloved owner Marie. They discover zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Sorry, I fell asleep and my head hit the keyboard. Man, this movie was a snore that was just way too sentimental for me. Additionally, Marie is just a super annoying character that had me yelling at the screen more than once. In one scene, Marie demands that a farmer let her stay in the barn. She then goes on to offer him a kiss for his kindness, assure him that no one knows she is there, and hands him all her clothes. Goodness, I hope she never has daughters.
I also don't really understand what the message is here. That the meek shall inherit the Earth? That is just upsetting.
The donkey was untrained for the most part, making the movie especially hard to film.