Rent Pickpocket (1959)

3.8 of 5 from 119 ratings
1h 13min
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Inspired by Dostoevsky's 'Crime and Punishment', Robert Bresson's 'Pickpocket' tells the story of Michel (Martin Lasalle), a solitary young man who embarks upon a life of petty theft.Plying his trade on the city streets, racetracks and Metro system of Paris, Michel hones his sleight-of-hand skills to perfection and becomes consumed by his escalating addiction.But his activities alienate him from his few friends, while attracting the attention of a police inspector and a professional criminal (Kassagi), who recruits him into his band of thieves.
Bresson's use of non-professional actors, pared-down cinematic style and meticulously choreographed scenes of audacious robberies lend the film a remarkable and thrilling sense of authenticity.
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Robert Bresson
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
France, Drama
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Run Time:
73 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
  • Interview with Robert Bresson
  • The Models of Pickpocket - interviews with Martin Lasalle, Marika Green & Pierre Leymarie
  • Around Pickpocket - discussion with Marika Green, Jean-Pierre Ameris & Paul Vecchiali
  • Kassagi cabaret performance
  • Trailer
Disc 1:
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Disc 2:
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Reviews (4) of Pickpocket

Painstakingly Brilliant - Pickpocket review by Avijit

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Painstakingly Brilliant. Fascinating to what extent Bresson would go in search of saying the unsaid. A bit difficult to watch!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Avoid - Pickpocket review by JD

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The acting was almost as bad as the plot. I have never seen such a boring poorly acted film in any language.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Simple realistic approach to a life of crime - Pickpocket review by Oli

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I’ll first add we have 2 bad reviews and 1 good review, it may be worth adding, if you’re getting into Bresson (like me!) then watch A Man Escaped first, which BFI recommended as it will give you a good insight into his thoughtful realistic approach. Now onto Pickpocket, it’s great when you watch something that doesn’t try too hard to impress, but manages to do it in a suttle simple way anyway. Michel begins the film as a novice pickpocket, we presume bad times have brought him here and that the only way he feels comfortable earning a living at this time is by picking the pockets of others! We are then entranced into a beautifully shot story of his past, his present and his future. I can’t add enough that this film is a one of a kind, sure some people might not understand/like it, I don’t know quite why but take it from me, it was a really pleasant, albeit short, simple, well shot, smart, thoughtful movie with lots to say inbetween!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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