Le Combat dans l'île (Fire and Ice) (1962)

Le Combat dans l'île (Fire and Ice) (1962)



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In this film, a young man is blinded by the idealism of political extremists. The group he belongs to plans to take control in the Western countries with a series of chaotic diversions. He is slated to help in the assassination of an influential labor leader, but plans quickly change.
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Jean-Louis Trintignant
as Clément Lesser
Diana Lepvrier
as Cécile
Pierre Asso
as Serge
Jacques Berlioz
as Le père
Maurice Garrel
as Terrasse
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Critic Reviews for Le Combat dans l'île (Fire and Ice)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Boston Globe
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November 17, 2011
Time Out
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November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Anne [is] played with heart-stopping capriciousness by Romy Schneider, who was never lovelier and who is capable of distracting everyone in the film, and the audience above all, from whatever grave political matters are afoot.

June 12, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

There's a surprise every five minutes, except when fascism gets its ass kicked at the end.

Full Review… | June 10, 2009
Village Voice
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Certainly not an undiscovered masterpiece.

Full Review… | June 26, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Le Combat dans l'île (Fire and Ice)


In "Le Combat Dans L'Ile," Anne(Romy Schneider) discovers a package in her closet which contains a bazooka. Afraid of ending up in an episode of "24," she confronts her husband Clement(Jean-Louis Trintignant) who admits to being part of a right wing terrorist cell with his new friend Serge(Pierre Asso). As part of his political awakening, he plans to give up his life of privilege and place at his father's(Jacques Berlioz) company. Plus, there is also the matter of the assassination of Terrasse(Maurice Garrel), a local politician. "Le Combat Dans L'Ile" is an intriguing misstep that starts well but instead of investigating this shadow world further, backs off and becomes just another banal domestic drama. For such an understated drama, the bazooka might seem a bit like overkill but it is probably left over from World War II, like the fascism of Clement and his friends. On a broader note, the movie is about escaping the past and growing up, as Clement in trying to get away from the influence of his dominating father, gets himself in a worse mess than he could have imagined. As one character asks another after a particularly off-the-wall request, "Are you 12?"

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Pretty black and white suspense film. Good, not great. I think it would have been improved by eliminating the narration. A line in the movie did prompt an interesting idea for a story.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

Telling me that there was a recently rediscovered lost early 1960s film with Romy Schneider may be the easiest way to get me out of the house on a cold December day. Alain Cavalier's film, Le Combat dans i'ile (horribly retitled for US audiences as Fire and Ice) is a clever, frantic political love story that is making it's way around art houses this year and is worth a watch if only for it's leads played by Schneider, Jean Louis Trinignant (Z, The Conformist) and Henri Serre (Jules and Jim). Cavalier's direction (this, his first film) is that style of the earliest of new wave films, sacrificing continuity at points for emotion and in this case, action. Trintignant's Clement is a brooding, jealous and violent man who carries out the assassination of the a left wing politician. His wife, Anne (Romy Schneider) is an ex-actress who is abused by Clement can only watch the progression of the events in fear or love of her husband. Cnce Clement must go into hiding, Anne become liberated from her marriage in the arms of a publisher friend of Clement's played by Henri Sarre. This betrayal sets up the last third of the film which is as exciting as any scenes of that era. Le Combat dans l'ile is not essential viewing but a sharp piece of film I'm glad is seeing the light of day.

Generoso Fierro
Generoso Fierro

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