Lacombe Lucien

Lacombe Lucien

DVD - 2006 | French
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Traces a young peasant's journey from potential Resistance member to Gestapo recruit. At once the story of a nation and one troubled boy's horrific coming of age, the disquieting portrait of lost innocence and guilt.


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Jan 08, 2019

Directed by Louis Malle in 1974, this French war-time docudrama depicts the life of Lucien Lacombe, a French teenage boy during the German occupation of France in World War II.
An amateur named Pierre Blaise plays the protagonist quite well as a somewhat dumb French farm boy who unwittingly, at first, becomes an accomplice and collaborator with the Gestapo in the final months of Vichy France, in late 1944.
The film appears like a disquieting portrait of lost innocence and guilt.

Sep 17, 2018

I'm not sorry I watched this because I've learned that whenever the DVD has a booklet insert, it's going to be a bit of a tedious slog. So I got what I expected. It's 2 1/4 hours long and would have been better at 100 minutes if the director kept in mind the entertainment part of the movie-making equation.

Aug 13, 2018

I have seen most of the films of Louis Malle. My favorite is: Au Revoir les Enfants which portrays a personal experience of the director during WWII. I found it difficult to engage with the protagonist, which I believe is part of the purpose of this film. Young Lucien joins the German police, not out of commitment to their cause, but because the resistance told him he was too young to fight with them. This young man is no hero and has almost no empathy for humans or animals. If you look at his eyes in the close-ups they appear dead. I believe animals were harmed in the making of this film. I know that it should not be more disturbing to see an animal killed than a gestapo agent or a French resistance fighter, but to me animals and children are innocents while adults often make decisions knowing the risks involved. That said, the film is well done. Not everyone who is the "star" of a film is noble or admirable. If this is the case the viewer must think more about the nature of morality. I recommend the film with the caveat concerning animal cruelty. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 08, 2015

Proceeds slowly, but it is a dark and thought provoking film.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Very likely Louis Malle's masterpiece. This film dares to examine not only the nature of evil, but also a very specific time and place with cool precision and great aesthetic values. Because it is so detailed and specific, so human in scope, its lessons transcend the particulars, and seem universal. The villains are as fully human as the victims, and both are flawed. And the title character embodies both extremes. With no conscience, only impulses, Lucien is capable of the most villainous alongside the most heroic of behaviors. This film is beautifully acted, powerfully conceived, thoroughly moving. With The Sorrow and the Pity, it may have been the film that made France reckon with her conscience about the Occupation, but it is so much more than that. It's towering.

Sep 21, 2014

Very good movie; thought provoking characters. You wonder if people have learned from past history.

Jul 03, 2013

This one of the masterpieces by French director Louis Malle. The backdrop is the German occupation of France and the persecution of the Jews in the country. The story centres around a young peasant boy and his transformation into a Gestapo collaborator. His love for a Jewish girl greatly complicated matters. A great film with a history lesson. French and subtitles.


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Jul 03, 2013

Other: Some scenes showing the killing of chickens and other animals in a fairly brutal fashion. Some animal-right folks will have a problem with it. And some simply will not be able to view these scenes.

Jul 03, 2013

Sexual Content: Scenes of nudity; very mild, though.


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