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Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
"Lacombe Lucien" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  29 September 1974 (USA)
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A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Blaise ...
Lucien Lacombe
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France Horn
Holger Löwenadler ...
Albert Horn
Therese Giehse ...
Bella Horn
Stéphane Bouy ...
Jean-Bernard
Loumi Iacobesco ...
Betty Beaulieu
René Bouloc ...
Faure
Pierre Decazes ...
Aubert
Jean Rougerie ...
Tonin
Cécile Ricard ...
Marie
Jacqueline Staup ...
Lucienne Chauvelot
Ave Ninchi ...
Mme. Georges
Pierre Saintons ...
Hippolyte
Gilberte Rivet ...
mére de Lucien
Jacques Rispal ...
M. Laborit
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A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates her employer, works for the German police. He then meets France Horn, the daughter of a rich jewish tailor. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Evil at its blandest and most inadequate
12 June 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Louis Malle's Lacombe, Lucien still impresses, although it does tend to amble in the third act just when you might expect it to tighten its grip. But it's still a casually powerful reminder of the less heroic side of France under Vichy rule (the Nazis are barely seen in the film) as its none too bright farm boy just drifts almost accidentally into collaboration with the German Police made up entirely of his compatriots after being turned down for the Resistance. The film's major achievement is in showing, much like fascism in general, the appeal that collaboration had to the disaffected and the underachieving outsiders in the community (only one of the 'police' is a real zealot) and the attraction of undeserved and unearned power as Lucien finds the power he has over people (particularly the unspoken threat of handing his Jewish 'girlfriend' – perhaps a little over symbolically called 'France' – to the Germans) is far more intoxicating than killing mere animals.

Throughout, as with Melville's resistance masterpiece L'Armee des Ombres, there's a mundane sense of reality that heightens the drama. Set in the kind of small picturesque village that outsiders find idyllic but which is a tedious hell to live in for the locals, it shows how malaise and opportunity is far more of a driving force than malice. Certainly it's far from glamorous, its collaborators hanging round in a local hotel getting drunk and bemoaning their lot as the war news gets continually worse (as one points out, you have to listen to both the German and the British radio reports "and split the difference" to find the truth) and they gradually get picked off by the emboldened locals.


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