Synopsis by Mark Deming
When Robert Bresson made his classic film Pickpocket in 1959, he avoided using professional actors, as was often his custom, and instead cast three men with no previous experience as his leads. More than 40 years later, filmmaker Babette Mangolte met a gentlemen named Pierre Leymarie at a party; certain she's met him before, she discovers that the genetic engineer was one of the amateurs cast by Bresson for Pickpocket. Inspired by the chance meeting, Mangolte decided to track down the other two leads in the movie, and The Models of Pickpocket (aka Les Modèles de Pickpocket) is a documentary in which the three men discuss their memories of the project, what they've since done with themselves, and how the experience of working with Robert Bresson impacted their lives.
actor, cinema, film-director, interview, reminiscence