Lacombe Lucien (1974)

Lacombe Lucien


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With a superb music score by Django Reinhardt, this is a Louis Malle film about the German occupation of France. Based on his own experiences in France during the occupation, Malle's film does not paint a pretty picture of the French Resistance and eventually he emigrated to America because of the critical reaction to this film. Essentially the tale of a young boy who wants to join the Resistance but is shunned by them because of his youth, he joins the Gestapo. Unfortunately, he then falls in … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Louis Malle, Patrick Modiano
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 14, 2006
Criterion Collection



as Lucien Lacombe

as France Horn

as Albert Horn

as Albert Horn

as Bella Horn

as Betty Beaulieu

as Peyssac, the school...

as Lucien's mother

as Monsieur Laborit

as Lucienne
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Critic Reviews for Lacombe Lucien

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 23, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

A generation after WWII, Louis Malle shed light on French collaborators

Full Review… | May 1, 2015
Movie Habit

This coolly detached WWII chronicle, which is critical of the French Resistance, is one of Louis Malles' strongest and most personal films.

Full Review… | June 30, 2011

Malle's absolute faith in his skills as a storyteller and in the inherent power of this true story puts Lacombe, Lucien in the company of the best humanist portraits ever filmed.

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Cinema Writer

Superbly evocative of the period in both imagery and mood, Lacombe Lucien is a character study of a young man during a dark chapter in French history

Full Review… | August 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Lacombe Lucien

[font=Century Gothic]In "Lacombe Lucien," it is 1944 in Southwest France where Lucien(Pierre Blaise) works in a nursing home. Given five days off, he returns home to his mother(Gilberte Rivet) and finds things radically changed with his father in a German prison camp. Bored, he tries to sign up with the French resistance but is denied by Robert Peyssac(Jean Bousquet) as being too young. Having no other options, he returns to the nursing home but his bike gets a flat causing him to arrive after dark when he is drawn to a party at a hotel which turns out to be Gestapo headquarters. The German police take a liking to the youth after he turns in Peyssac and is taken to get his first suit.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Louis Malle, "Lacombe Lucien" is a chilling look at occupied France where there is a compulsion for the populace to inform on each other. While there may be some easy answers as to why some people would collaborate with the Nazis such as anti-Semitism and anti-Communism(There is a Gestapo member who is black and I would have loved to have heard his story.), Lucien is another matter entirely as his alliance with the Nazis is a matter of circumstance. Apparently, he lacks a conscience and gets a little drunk on whatever power he has. However, as one character puts it, Lucien is somehow not entirely despicable. On the other hand, he is not likable, either.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Rich absurdities abound.

Tom S.

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