Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)


Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (1939)


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Told largely in flashbacks, Marcel Carne's dark melodrama stars Jean Gabin as a factory worker who kills the rival of his lover's affections, leading to a standoff with the authorities.

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Critic Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

"Le Jour Se Leve" is an exploration of the question of who we love and why and how we love them that is surprisingly fresh and involving.

Nov 13, 2014 | Full Review…

Marcel Carné's classic work of poetic realism ...

Nov 11, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Gorgeously melancholy, and not just because of its tragic love-triangle plot ...

Nov 11, 2014 | Full Review…

This prototype of film noir, from 1939, is both a grim feast of prewar French acting and a catalogue of French moods on the eve of disaster.

Nov 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Bristling with energy and shaped with incomparable artistry and flair.

Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The story is excellently conceived and planned.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)


A somber, suspenseful tale -- mostly told in flashback -- about a good man (Jean Gabin) who is driven to murder. As he barricades himself in his upstairs apartment, avoiding the police and a voyeuristic crowd, the events leading to the killing are recounted. The story involves a choice between two lovers, along with a smooth-talking dog trainer who becomes an obstacle. The direction and cinematography are wonderful, but some aspects about the climax were unsatisfying for me. And did the police really make no effort to negotiate in those days?

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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awesome, i saw this a long time ago

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

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one of the great doomed romantic epics of poetic realism, with director marcel carné, his writing partner, the poet jacques prévert, and the fatalistic hero of so many films of the era, jean gabin, all at the height of their powers. wonderful atmosphere

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Great film! Jean Gabin puts on a clinic.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

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