I’m fascinated by Resistance stories and one of my projects is to watch at least all the French resistance movies that I can find. Claude Berri’s Lucie Aubrac is one of them. Like many other resistance movies it is based on a true story.
Lucie Aubrac is a quiet movie and despite some scenes of great violence, including torture, it has a gentle keynote.
At the beginning of the movie Lucie and her husband live in Lyon. He is in one of the resistance groups and, one afternoon, when they meet in the apartment of one of the members, he and his friends are arrested. If it wasn’t for his wife, who invents a cunning plan, he wouldn’t have been released so easily.
After this incident, they know, they have to move. Lyon isn’t safe anymore. They leave their apartment, get new passports and travel with their child to the South of France.
There are many different resistance cells all over France and Lucie’s husband is in the one that is in direct contact with de Gaulle. This is, of course, dangerous and it doesn’t take long and he is arrested again. Arrested and tortured, like his friends.
And that’s when the story takes off. Lucie’s love for her husband is so strong, she will do everything to get him out and save him from the firing squad. Her plan is amazing and to think that it worked amazes me even more.
This isn’t a very fast paced or dramatic movie, as I already said, it’s rather quiet and gentle. The focus is on the two main characters, Lucie (Carole Bouquet) and Raymond (Daniel Auteuil), their love and courage. The role of the nasty German is played by Heino Ferch.
If you are interested in the story of Lucie Aubrac here is the link to her book Outwitting the Gestapo.
The movie is available with English subtitles but I couldn’t find an English trailer.
I haven’t seen this one–heard of it–but hadn’t got around to watching it. Huge oversight as I like both its main stars.
I wasn’t sure at first if I liked them as a couple but they are such great actors that it is believable and really good in this.
Thanks for the recommendation. I will se if Netflix has it. I especially like that it is a true story, but it seems like all the Resistance movies you have turned me on to are true stories.
It’s an amazing story. Lucie Aubrac must have been a really astonishing woman. I would be curious to hear whether you like it better than L’armée des ombres (Army of Shadows).
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Can you please tell me if this fascinating sounding film is available with English subtitles?
I found this trailer, so I assume, yes. It was nominated for a BAFTA. Here’s a copy on amazon. Subtitled too