The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro) Reviews

  • Aug 09, 2020

    Excellent fictional history of occupied Paris and communities trying to survive. Attention to detail in story and cinematography

    Excellent fictional history of occupied Paris and communities trying to survive. Attention to detail in story and cinematography

  • May 06, 2020

    Led by outstanding performances from leads Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu, Truffaut's tribute to the performing arts in times of adversity is universal and timeless.

    Led by outstanding performances from leads Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu, Truffaut's tribute to the performing arts in times of adversity is universal and timeless.

  • Oct 08, 2019

    Outstanding, a tense drama with an uncertain outcome. ..

    Outstanding, a tense drama with an uncertain outcome. ..

  • Sep 09, 2019

    While it's always lovely to see Catherine Deneuve on the big screen, and always nice to hear the lyrical beauty of French in a film, a lazy Sunday afternoon might not have been the best time to have to focus on subtitles. The movie, though heartfelt and lovingly rendered, slowly meandered and wondered in the typical French way of searching for a higher truth about humanity, all of which made for a more sedate movie-going experience than we had hoped. 

    While it's always lovely to see Catherine Deneuve on the big screen, and always nice to hear the lyrical beauty of French in a film, a lazy Sunday afternoon might not have been the best time to have to focus on subtitles. The movie, though heartfelt and lovingly rendered, slowly meandered and wondered in the typical French way of searching for a higher truth about humanity, all of which made for a more sedate movie-going experience than we had hoped. 

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Despite the director's usual excellence in style and casting, this effort seems derivative and somewhat old-fashioned, and the ending is quite disappointing.

    Despite the director's usual excellence in style and casting, this effort seems derivative and somewhat old-fashioned, and the ending is quite disappointing.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    Not a bad film, but the plot seems to develop at random and ends unsatisfactorily

    Not a bad film, but the plot seems to develop at random and ends unsatisfactorily

  • Jan 18, 2019

    Truffautâ(TM)s last huge hit is a remembrance of Occupied France and the efforts of a theatre company to survive those days. Catherine Deneuve is the (Gentile) wife of a famed Jewish director (Heinz Bennent) who has gone underground (literally), leaving her to manage the company (and also to star in their productions). Gerard Depardieu is the leading man hired for the latest show who has ties to the Resistance. Although some suspense is built because a powerful theatre critic and Nazi collaborator (Jean-Louis Richard) has taken an interest in the company/show and has the power to shut them down (and perhaps also discover Bennent hiding in the cellar), Truffaut seems less interested in using his Hitchcock-derived techniques here. Instead, this is a character and relationship driven period piece, capturing people in a time and place, the tensions they feel, the compromises they make. The central relationships are between Deneuve and Bennent (their relationship has changed because now he rather imperiously but also tenderly âcontrolsâ? her from the cellar yet she must have more independence than she did) and between Deneuve and Depardieu (they experience friction because he doesnâ(TM)t know her husband is still around â" but their sexual tension doesnâ(TM)t exactly light up the screen here). Truffaut doesnâ(TM)t hold back in showing us the awfulness of anti-semitism (and also homophobia), as codified in public policy and national broadcasts. Very ugly. But otherwise this is really a backstage drama about theatre people, albeit taking place during the Occupation. See Melvilleâ(TM)s Army of Shadows (1969) for a more typical look at the Resistance (and of course, Tarantinoâ(TM)s Inglourious Basterds, 2009, is set in this same milieu).

    Truffautâ(TM)s last huge hit is a remembrance of Occupied France and the efforts of a theatre company to survive those days. Catherine Deneuve is the (Gentile) wife of a famed Jewish director (Heinz Bennent) who has gone underground (literally), leaving her to manage the company (and also to star in their productions). Gerard Depardieu is the leading man hired for the latest show who has ties to the Resistance. Although some suspense is built because a powerful theatre critic and Nazi collaborator (Jean-Louis Richard) has taken an interest in the company/show and has the power to shut them down (and perhaps also discover Bennent hiding in the cellar), Truffaut seems less interested in using his Hitchcock-derived techniques here. Instead, this is a character and relationship driven period piece, capturing people in a time and place, the tensions they feel, the compromises they make. The central relationships are between Deneuve and Bennent (their relationship has changed because now he rather imperiously but also tenderly âcontrolsâ? her from the cellar yet she must have more independence than she did) and between Deneuve and Depardieu (they experience friction because he doesnâ(TM)t know her husband is still around â" but their sexual tension doesnâ(TM)t exactly light up the screen here). Truffaut doesnâ(TM)t hold back in showing us the awfulness of anti-semitism (and also homophobia), as codified in public policy and national broadcasts. Very ugly. But otherwise this is really a backstage drama about theatre people, albeit taking place during the Occupation. See Melvilleâ(TM)s Army of Shadows (1969) for a more typical look at the Resistance (and of course, Tarantinoâ(TM)s Inglourious Basterds, 2009, is set in this same milieu).

  • Nov 08, 2016

    ahh what an experience,specially the last 20mins or so.One of Truffaut's best and Catherine Deneuve ���

    ahh what an experience,specially the last 20mins or so.One of Truffaut's best and Catherine Deneuve ���

  • Sep 04, 2016

    French cinematique. Plus Catherine Deneuve is timeless beauty.

    French cinematique. Plus Catherine Deneuve is timeless beauty.

  • Sep 03, 2016

    Almost perfect movie. Great screenplay and actors. The two stars are mesmerising.

    Almost perfect movie. Great screenplay and actors. The two stars are mesmerising.