A Man Escaped 

Drama | French with English subtitles | 99 minutes

Info

Lieutenant Fontaine, a French resistant fighter during World War II, is captured by the Nazis and imprisoned. Fontaine is taken to Gestapo headquarters where he’s informed he’ll be sentenced to death. Fontaine is  determined to escape. Stealthily keeping a spoon he was given with his food, Fontaine uses it to chip away at the panels of the cell. He also manages to scrounge cloth and material to weave an escape rope with a metal hook. When another prisoner, Jost, is assigned to share Fontaine’s cell, Fontaine must decide whether to include Jost in his escape or kill him. Fontaine allows Jost to join him and the two must  find the means and the courage to pull off a daring escape.

Cast
François Leterrier (Lieutenant Fontaine / Charles Le Clainche (François Jost)
Why Stream This Film?
The Polish filmmaker, Krzysztof Kieślowski, stated that Bresson’s film, A Man Escaped, “was one of his top ten films of all time.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
Accolades
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Top Foreign Film
  • Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Robert Bresson)
  • Cahiers du Cinéma: Winner, Best Film
  • A Man Escaped received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
It’s  raw and lean with a man’s unblinking realization that he must get himself out of the prison or certainly be put to death.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

It is the greatest of all prison-break movies. The prisoner’s lonely ardor is enhanced by Mozart’s Mass in C Minor; the ending of the movie, as the music wells up, is pure elation.
David Denby

The New Yorker

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