Lacombe Lucien (1974)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Psychological Drama, War Drama, War Romance  |   Run Time - 136 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy, West Germany  |   MPAA Rating - R
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With a superb music score by Django Reinhardt, this is a Louis Malle film about the German occupation of France. Based on his own experiences in France during the occupation, Malle's film does not paint a pretty picture of the French Resistance and eventually he emigrated to America because of the critical reaction to this film. Essentially the tale of a young boy who wants to join the Resistance but is shunned by them because of his youth, he joins the Gestapo. Unfortunately, he then falls in love with a young Jewish girl. Push comes to shove and he suddenly has the unsympathetic Resistance and the Gestapo hot on his trail. Not a pretty picture of either side.

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war, deportation, enemy, farming, love, Nazism, occupation [military], on-the-run, resistance, treason, boy, France, Germany, Gestapo, Judaism, youth