Ciné-Club: L'Argent

Ciné-Club: L'Argent

Sunday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed on Saturday evening.

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Everybody cheats - but who pays the price? This week at Ciné-Club, we'll be taking a look at another movie about the circulation of sin, this time centered on the infamous "root of all evil" itself. Join us this sunday as we discuss Robert Bresson's sobering swan song...

L'Argent (1983)

Rent on Amazon Prime, iTunes, or Vudu


It all starts with one counterfeit bill, passed off by two rich teenagers to a photo store. Realizing they've been duped, the store owners plan to pass the false bill off to someone else, and in a financial game of hot potato, the fake money eventually gets offloaded to Yvon, a hapless truck driver living paycheck to paycheck. When Yvon is busted unknowingly offering the counterfeit money to pay for his café tab, he loses his wages and eventually his job, sending spiralling into a world of robberies and desperate mesasures. As Yvon digs himself deeper and deeper, the question is clear - can he ever free himself from the consequences of someone else's crime?

Based on a novella by Leo Tolstoy, Robert Bresson's stone-faced parable is a damning indictment of the injustices of economic circulation, suggesting that in our world of transactions, the persecuted are not always the most guilty. Bresson's signature style of stripped-back, almost uncanny emotional neutrality gives this film an air of the surreal - or is it the sublime? Is there something transcendent about this world of soul-deadened automatons? Does God live somewhere in the exchange of a counterfeit bill? Let's talk about it!




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, a former AF culture intern. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.