A founding work of modern cinema
“Becker approaches poetry” (François Truffaut)
A handful of men in a cell, and just one desire: to dig a hole and escape. In describing the main characters of the film, François Truffaut wrote: “They approach freedom, as Becker approaches poetry”. But his poetry is terse, devoid of all frills, distant from the narrative devices of typical escape cinema. Becker treats fiction from the perspective of a documentarian, looking for deep authenticity. He explores the dynamics of a small group of people, and in so doing reaches the height of a great humanistic work. With a rigour and truth that make Il Buco a founding moment in modern cinema.
Based on a novel by José Giovanni, itself based on real-life facts. Five convicts plan their getaway and start digging. Freedom seems close at hand, but then one of them reveals their plans to the prison warden.