Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959): France

Reviewed by Lauren Sousa.  Viewed on Criterion VOD via Hulu Plus

Robert Bresson’s 1959 masterpiece Pickpocket is not about likeable people. My sympathies are not always with the protagonist. Sometimes, indeed, the antagonist is a more appealing character. In an age when likeability is often seen as one of the most important traits in a movie protagonist, this film is an excellent demonstration in how that is not always the case.

The fleet film begins with Michel (Martin LaSalle), a clever young man with job opportunities but no job of his own, stealing money from a woman’s purse. Nearly caught, his crime is impossible to prove, and so he begins a new life, eeking out a meager existence as the titular pickpocket. These first few scenes are exciting and engaging; while I certainly don’t like Michel, I very much want to see what happens to him next. The film’s ending is almost inevitable, but watching the journey can be exhilarating, as during a sequence when Michel and other practiced pickpockets form a syndicate of sorts and steal from numerous patrons of a train.

It can also be depressing. His

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A Horse for Summer (Nancy Criss, 2014): USA

Reviewed by Josh Feldman. Viewed in theater.

Faith based films have been making a large return into Hollywood and are now becoming more mainstream. On July 22, 2014, I was lucky enough to be invited to the premier of the independent film “A Horse for Summer.” The film stars Dean Cain (known for Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Christopher Atkins (known for Blue Lagoon) and Mandalynn Carlson (from Scandal). Rounding out the cast are Terri Minton and Nicole Taylor as Dean Cain’s family.

The film takes place in a small town in Arizona, a family must cope with economic hardships and taking in a family member from New York, all while trying to keep their faith. A Horse for Summer is a very heartwarming film, with fun for the entire family. With many enjoyable moments throughout the film, it easily puts a smile on your face while tackling a the subject of hardship. The plot is enjoyable and teaches a multitude of useful lessons on morality, faith, and maintaining integrity during the toughest times. I recommend watching A Horse For

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