Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)
Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (1939)

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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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

"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.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually creative thriller-romance anticipates film noir.

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Anna King
Time Out

Marcel Carné's classic work of poetic realism ...

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Variety Staff

The story is excellently conceived and planned.

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Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

Like Marcel Carné's earlier Port of Shadows, Daybreak establishes a versatile visual palette that exerted a significant influence over classical noir.

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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

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

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Possibly the best of the Carné-Prévert films, certainly their collaboration at its most classically pure.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Serious film fans will appreciate the 4K restoration of this 1939 French melodrama, which has been all but unseen for 75 years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
awesome, i saw this a long time ago
Eric Broome
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… More
Stella Dallas
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… More
Walter M.
"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… More
Tim Sigur
Great film! Jean Gabin puts on a clinic.