Lacombe Lucien
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With a superb music score by Django Reinhardt, this is a Louis Malle film about the German occupation of France. Based on his own experiences in France during the occupation, Malle's film does not paint a pretty picture of the French Resistance and eventually he emigrated to America because of the critical reaction to this film. Essentially the tale of a young boy who wants to join the Resistance but is shunned by them because of his youth, he joins the Gestapo. Unfortunately, he then falls in love with a young Jewish girl. Push comes to shove and he suddenly has the unsympathetic… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This coolly detached WWII chronicle, which is critical of the French Resistance, is one of Louis Malles' strongest and most personal films."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A controversial WWII drama about the German occupation of France that has a young French Gestapo policeman romance a young Jewess."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Malle's absolute faith in his skills as a storyteller and in the inherent power of this true story puts Lacombe, Lucien in the company of the best humanist portraits ever filmed."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The collaborationist anti-hero finds Malle instantly broaching a cultural taboo, compounded when the traitorous young man forces himself into a sexual relationship with a not-entirely unyielding girl named France."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Superbly evocative of the period in both imagery and mood, Lacombe Lucien is a character study of a young man during a dark chapter in French history"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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