Lucie Aubrac

"Good"

Lucie Aubrac Review


While Robin Williams will probably score big at the box office this week with yet another cry for respectability in his mediocre Holocaust tragicomedy "Jakob the Liar," a more stirring (and much less manipulative) film about the French underground during World War II also arrived in theaters Friday, and it's a shame this one won't be the big hit.

"Lucie Aubrac" is a fascinating historical and emotional drama, based on "Outwitting the Gestapo," the autobiographical novel of a resistance fighter's wife who became directly involved in undermining the Nazis after her husband's arrest in 1943.

Written and directed by Claude Berri ("Manon of the Spring"), the picture opens with a spectacular maquis bombing of a German train -- which probably cost half Berri's budget -- before settling into Lucie's passionate personal story of adoration and determination during Germany's occupation of France.

The radiant French 40-something Carole Bouquet plays the title role, a Lyon school teacher and mother whose spouse (Daniel Auteuil) and several compatriots in scattershot patriotic terrorism are captured by the Nazi's puppet police and sentenced to death.

The story personifies the constant apprehension freedom fighters and their families lived under, meeting in secret, reshuffling their ranks in the wake of arrests and allowing traitor paranoia to grip them after Auteuil and other leaders are imprisoned. It delves the audience into the inventive levels of machination the underground was forced to demonstrate in fighting a clandestine war, and it doesn't pull any punches portraying the brutality the Gestapo inflicted on their political prisoners.

But mostly "Lucie Aubrac" is a portrait of matrimonial love, as Lucie perseveres through all of this, helping to organize and participating in a dangerous assault to help her beaten, bruised and gaunt husband escape.

Although imperfect (I could have used a little more backstory about our heroine), this film's honest simplicity and rousing spirit speak to the individual consequences of the Second World War with more truth and far less gloss than any star vehicle Hollywood war pictures could, no matter how noble the topic.

Besides, this one tells of a part of the war rarely seen by American audiences and it does so without any famous cinematic clowns (Italian or American) cutely toying with the boundaries of good taste.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 26th February 1997

Box Office Worldwide: $458.6 thousand

Distributed by: October Films

Production compaines: D.A. Films, Pricel

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Fresh: 17 Rotten: 6

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Lucie Aubrac, as Raymond Aubrac, as Jean Moulin, as Maurice, as Serge Ravanel, as Charles-Henri, as René Hardy, Hans Wyprächtiger as le colonel allemand, Andrzej Seweryn as le lieutenant Schlöndorff, Jean-Claude Bourbault as le colonel Lacaze, Roland Amstutz as l'attorney, as le père de Raymond, Danièle Goldmann as la mère de Raymond, as Paul Lardanchet, Marie Pillet as Marie, Maxime Henry as Booboo, as M. Henry, Grégoire Oestermann as Pierre, Olga Grumberg as Judith, Hubert Saint-Macary as Dr Dugoujon, Yves Neff as Bruno, Jacques Bonnaffé as Pascal, as Klaus Barbie

Also starring:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.