Le Trou (1960)
Minimalist and yet double layered
20 April 2008
Warning: Spoilers
This is in a class with such top drawer prison films as ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ and COOL HAND Luke with a touch of RIFIFI.

This is a no frills movie. No music. No subplots. Just the bare and raw tale of a meticulously planned jail break.

On the other hand, as others have pointed out, there is a symbolic story of our society, of the working man class contrasted with the monied upper class.

The initial group of four men are plotting an escape when an unexpected fifth prisoner is placed in their cell. There's suspicion at the first, but the fifth is ultimately accepted and let in on the planned escape.

There are questions here. Could there have been a suspicion by the authorities of a possible break, and was Gaspard, without his knowledge, deliberately placed with the others as a possible weak link? This is a definitive jail break film, quite highly recommended.
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