Lacombe Lucien 1974

Lacombe, Lucien

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In Louis Malle's lauded drama, Lucien Lacombe (Pierre Blaise) is a young man living in rural France during World War II who seeks to join the French Resistance. When he is rejected due to his youth, the resentful Lucien allies himself with the Nazis and joins the Gallic arm of their Gestapo. Lucien grows to enjoy the power that comes with his position, but his life is complicated when he falls for France Horn (Aurore Clément), a beautiful young Jewish woman.

Cast

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 (9) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (9)

  • [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.

    April 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Lacombe, Lucien is remarkable, first, because it brings to film perhaps better than ever before (including even Bergman's powerful Shame) the sense of the banality of evil.

    July 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Objectivity is achieved while forcing a reassessment of our own perceptions. It is a truly remarkable film.

    December 4, 2019 | 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.

    June 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.

    August 17, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | 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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