Un comdamne a mort s’est echappe ou Le vent souffle ou il veut #MovieReview

Film 253 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1956’s “Un comdamne a mort s’est echappe ou Le vent souffle ou il veut”. Or as it’s known in English, “A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth”. Based on the memoirs of André Devigny, a member of the French Resistance held in Montluc prison by the occupying Germans during World War II & John 3:8 in the bible, this Robert Bresson war drama sees Fontaine (François Leterrier) being held by the Nazis at Fort Montluc. Do you know what really love in foreign films? It’s when they don’t have subtitles leaving the audience questioning everything unless they speak the language of the film. This is the case with this film. Throughout the film, I was constantly asking questions. Who is this old man? Why is he helping his prisoner? Are police in Lyon dumb for not noticing an old man helping a prisoner who is hanging a bag out of an open window? They clearly much be dumb as they didn’t even bother handcuffing Fontaine’s hands in the car which allowed him to escape and shoot a policeman. That or they ran out of handcuffs and just told Fontaine, “Keep your hands together and don’t move”. Also, for a war drama, there was none of that. This was more of a documentary. And may I say, one of the most dullest and boring documentaries I’ve ever seen. This film really does come across as a French version of “The Shawshank Redemption” and you can see the similarities. For example, in one scene, Fontaine starts carving at the cell wall with a spoon. In Shawshank, I’m pretty sure he does the exact same thing. I think the only difference is that Shawshank didn’t have wooden prison cell doors to carve away at. Overall, this film was really hard to watch and left me with many questions to the point where my head started to hurt and me saying “screw it I quit”. If you have seen this film then let me know what you think of it in the comments. Here is what I managed to say while watching 1956’s “Un comdamne a mort s’est echappe ou Le vent souffle ou il veut”


Film – A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth (Un comdamne a mort s’est echappe ou Le vent souffle ou il veut)
Year – 1956
Director – Robert Bresson
Written by – Robert Bresson
Staring – Francois Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
IMDb Rating – 8.2/10
My Rating – I QUIT
Length – 96 min (1h 36min)
Genre – Drama, War, Thriller

I already hate this and that’s from reading the plot on Wikipedia – Mum thinks I’ll last 20 minutes before quitting
We’re in Lyon in 1943
Three men are handcuffed together in the back of a car
Never let prisoners have a free hand not handcuffed to something
… Or just don’t handcuff the prisoner at all
Oh now you handcuff him after he tried escaping
Oh joy, no subtitles for a film all in French – Hope my French lessons in high school paid off
Bring out your dead
So… They beat him.. and arrested him… and locked him in prison
Sod off! I’m trying to sleep
What was the point of getting him out of bed if you’re just gonna throw him back in it 10 seconds later
Wait… Who is he and why is he throwing string at him
Who said you could drink the tap water?
Seriously, who is he and why is he helping his man
You’d think the police would get suspicious of a man dangling a bag out of an open window to another man
Oh good – He brought cocaine and a razorblade – And a pin to unlock the handcuffs
Fontaine is then taken to a meeting before being taken back to his cell
Hope someone in the cells next to me knows morse code
Sweet! A new cell! And I no longer get handcuffs
This prison feels more like a daycare centre for the elderly
Surely having wooden cell doors in a prison isn’t a smart idea
Woohoo!!! Free spoon
This really is the French Shawshank Redemption
Pretty sure carving away at the door isn’t the best way to escape
Plus all that sawdust is bit of a giveaway
Is he making a cat flap?
I really have no idea what’s happening
Why break the door if your plan is to fill the gaps with tissue


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