ByMarch 27, 2006
From Pauline Kael's 1974 New Yorker review. Reprinted with permission from the New Yorker. . . . Read more »
One of the first French films to address the issue of collaboration during the German occupation, Louis Malle’s brave and controversial Lacombe, Lucien traces a young peasant’s journey from potential Resistance member to Gestapo recruit. At once the story of a nation and one troubled boy, the film is a disquieting portrait of lost innocence and guilt.