The Allies have landed in Normandy, but there is little sign of it in Souleillac, a picturesque village.
Seventeen-year-old farmer's son Lucien is bored to tears. He wants action and seeks contact with the resistance, but he is still considered too young. By chance he ended up at a party of French collaborators and was warmly welcomed. He joins the collaborationists.
In "Lacombe, Lucien," Louis Malle views events from some distance, "neutrally.
The resistance is not made up only of heroes, the collaboration not only of perverted bastards.
This objectifying position caused a great deal of controversy and was not to everyone's liking. Certainly not in France, where during the 1970s there was still an almost mythical image of the Résistance.Internationally, however, 'Lacombe, Lucien' was well received. It received an Oscar® nomination in 1974 for Best Foreign Film.