Lacombe Lucien


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 love with a young Jewish girl. Push comes to shove and he suddenly has the unsympathetic Resistance and the Gestapo hot on his trail. Not a pretty picture of either side.


Pierre Blaise
as Lucien Lacombe
Aurore Clement
as France Horn
Holger Loewenadler
as Albert Horn
Holger Löwenadler
as Albert Horn
Therese Giehse
as Bella Horn
Stéphane Bouy
as Jean-Bernard
Loumi Iacobesco
as Betty Beaulieu
Jean Bousquet
as Peyssac, the schoolteacher
Gilberte Rivet
as Lucien's mother
Jacques Rispal
as Monsieur Laborit
Cécile Ricard
as Marie, the hotel maid
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Critic Reviews for Lacombe Lucien

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

  • [Malle's film is] about a particular kind of human being, one capable of killing and hurting, one incapable of knowing or caring about his real motives, one who would be a prime catch for basic training and might make a good soldier and not ask questions.

    Apr 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A generation after WWII, Louis Malle shed light on French collaborators

    May 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • This coolly detached WWII chronicle, which is critical of the French Resistance, is one of Louis Malles' strongest and most personal films.

    Jun 30, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 17, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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

    Aug 29, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A controversial WWII drama about the German occupation of France that has a young French Gestapo policeman romance a young Jewess.

    Oct 25, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lacombe Lucien

  • Dec 24, 2012
    Starts out slow, but build itself perfectly. Louis Malle is a terrific filmmaker who can write as well as he directs, which is rare. Not my favorite of his though, still a very solid drama.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2009
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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
  • Mar 10, 2008
    Rich absurdities abound.
    Tom S Super Reviewer

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