Lacombe Lucien Reviews

July 28, 2020
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.
December 4, 2019
Objectivity is achieved while forcing a reassessment of our own perceptions. It is a truly remarkable film.
April 29, 2018
[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.
May 1, 2015
A generation after WWII, Louis Malle shed light on French collaborators
June 30, 2011
This coolly detached WWII chronicle, which is critical of the French Resistance, is one of Louis Malles' strongest and most personal films.
August 17, 2010
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 29, 2009
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
October 25, 2007
A controversial WWII drama about the German occupation of France that has a young French Gestapo policeman romance a young Jewess.
March 27, 2006
The collaborationist anti-hero finds Malle instantly broaching a cultural taboo, compounded when the traitorous young man forces himself into a sexual relationship with a not-entirely unyielding girl named France.