Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)

1939

Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)

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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 (11) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (2)

  • "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.

    November 13, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Marcel Carn's classic work of poetic realism ...

    November 11, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Anna King

    Time Out
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  • Gorgeously melancholy, and not just because of its tragic love-triangle plot ...

    November 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.

    November 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The meandering verbal games in Le Jour Se Lve come across too much as ornate screenwriting, as if a piece of high-classical theatre has been shoe-horned into the grot-flecked alleys and boarding houses of provincial France.

    October 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Marcel Carn's black-and-white film of 1939 made radical use of flashbacks for the first time and its noir-ish cinematography gives the crime passionnel a dark tension.

    October 3, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)

  • Aug 21, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2011
    awesome, i saw this a long time ago
    Bob S Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2011
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2011
    "Le Jour Se Leve" starts with Valentin(Jules Berry) making so theatrical a departure from the mortal coil that even a blind man could not miss it. A lot of the neighbors do not either, as the police are called. Arriving at the door of the culprit, Francois(Jean Gabin), a factory worker who everybody swears is just the swellest of guys, they look to arrest him peacefully. But he does not feel like talking to anybody, especially the police, who he fires shots at, preferring instead to think of happier days when he met Francoise(Jacqueline Laurent) on their mutual name day. They date but, suspicious, he follows her one night to a music hall. "Le Jour Se Leve" gets off to an excellent start with some exquisite camerawork and Jean Gabin again proving how good an actor he was, bringing out the light and darkness in his character. But the movie eventually gets bogged down in a convoluted soap opera. While some might not think there is much reasoning behind Francois' pulling the trigger, I think this goes to the tragedy of the movie that nothing good can ever come from taking a life, no matter the intentions.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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