Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)
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Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert's classic of French poetic realism stars Jean Gabin in one of his most famous roles as Francois, a rough, barrel-chested loner who hides out in his apartment awaiting for the police to arrive. Francois has killed a man in a crime of passion, the slimy lothario Valentin (Jules Berry). As he listens in the darkness of his Normandy apartment to the police sirens closing in and getting louder, he recalls the two women that he loved -- Francoise (Jacqueline Laurent) and Clara (Arletty) -- and the evil Valentin, who stole both their hearts and forced Francois… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Possibly the best of the Carné-Prévert films, certainly their collaboration at its most classically pure."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Set convincingly on the streets and in the tenements, every frame here feels lived in."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"This is the best of the fatalistic dramas scripted by Prévert and directed by Carné, a doom-laden romance, heavier on atmosphere than tension, and made memorable by the performances."
‑ , Film4
"The pity of it all seems slightly forced, the melodramatics too obvious."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A superb example of French poetic realism."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The screenplay is by Jacques Prevert, the most accomplished dialogist of the period, and the famous sets, with their overtones of German expressionism, are by Alexander Trauner."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"What brings this film into greatness is the absolutely pitch-perfect lucid performance by Gabin."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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