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L'Argent Details


The last film by veteran writer/director Robert Bresson, the French crime drama L'Argent (Money) was based on a short story by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. Looking for some quick cash, young man Norbert (Marc Ernest Fourneau) gets a phony 500 franc note from his friend Matrial (Bruno Lapeyre). After he spends it at a photography shop, the unscrupulous shop owner (Didier Baussy) decides to pass it on to someone else. The unfortunate victim is honest delivery man Yvon Targe (Christian Patey), who doesn't realize the bill is a fake. When he tries to buy some food with it, he is arrested. He tries to sue the photographer, but shop assistant Lucien (Vincent Risterucci) has been bribed to stay quiet about the transaction. The scandal causes Yvon to lose his job. In order to support his family, he tries driving a getaway car for some criminals. Unfortunately, their heist doesn't go so well, and he is sent to prison for three years. While incarcerated, his child dies of diphtheria and his wife (Caroline Lang) leaves him. Crazed, Yvon turns to theft, violent crime, and eventually cold-blooded murder. L'Argent earned (Bresson) the Director's Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:May 18, 1983


Christian Patey
as Yvon Targe
Sylvie van den Elsen
as Old Woman
Michel Briguet
as The Woman's Father
Caroline Lang
as Elise Target
Vincent Risterucci
as Lucien
Beatrice Tabourin
as Woman Photographer
Didier Baussy
as Male Photographer
Bruno Lapeyre
as Martial
Alain Aptekman
Jeanne Aptekman
as Yvette
Claude Cler
as Norbert's Mother
Andre Cler
as Norbert's Father
Claude Cler
as Norbert's Mother
Jeanne Aptekman
as Yvette


Robert Bresson
Jean-Marc Henchoz
Robert Bresson
Pasqualino De Santis
Emmanuel Machuel
Johann Sebastian Bach
Featured Music
Jean-Francois Naudon
Pierre Guffroy
Production Designer
Pierre Guffroy
Art Director
Patricia Moraz
Associate Producer
Antoine Gannage
Executive Producer
Monique Dury
Costume Designer
Jean-Louis Ughetto
Sound/Sound Designer
Luc Yersin
Sound/Sound Designer
Olivier Péray
First Assistant Director
Leo Tolstoy
Short Story Author