Lacombe, Lucien

138 mins
8.2 / 10 (2236)


Summer 1944. Lucien Lacombe, 18, lives in a small town in France, while his father is imprisoned in Germany. Rejected by the Resistance for being too young, Lucien joins the Gestapo in a show of defiance. However, when he falls for the daughter of a Jewish tailor, he begins to rethink his actions.

MUBI's take

Louis Malle’s Oscar®-nominated character study of amoral and disaffected youth in wartime is a complete marvel. With unflinching precision, this controversial drama explores what Pauline Kael called “the banality of evil,” looking at just how far people will go in their pursuit of power.

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