Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)1939

Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (1939)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) Photos

Movie Info

Told largely in flashbacks, Marcel Carne's dark melodrama stars Jean Gabin as a factory worker who kills the rival of his lover's affections, leading to a standoff with the authorities.

Watch it now


Jean Gabin
as Francois
as Clara
Jules Berry
as M. Valentin
Rene Genin
as Concierge
Mady Berry
as Concierge's Wife
Jacques Baumer
as The Inspector
Rene Bergeron
as Cafe Proprietor
Georges Douking
as Blind Man
View All

Critic Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

"Le Jour Se Leve" is an exploration of the question of who we love and why and how we love them that is surprisingly fresh and involving.

November 13, 2014 | Full Review…

Like Marcel Carné's earlier Port of Shadows, Daybreak establishes a versatile visual palette that exerted a significant influence over classical noir.

November 12, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Marcel Carné's classic work of poetic realism ...

November 11, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Gorgeously melancholy, and not just because of its tragic love-triangle plot ...

November 11, 2014

This prototype of film noir, from 1939, is both a grim feast of prewar French acting and a catalogue of French moods on the eve of disaster.

November 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Exciting, beautiful and tragic, this remains essential cinema, French or otherwise.

October 3, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)


A somber, suspenseful tale -- mostly told in flashback -- about a good man (Jean Gabin) who is driven to murder. As he barricades himself in his upstairs apartment, avoiding the police and a voyeuristic crowd, the events leading to the killing are recounted. The story involves a choice between two lovers, along with a smooth-talking dog trainer who becomes an obstacle. The direction and cinematography are wonderful, but some aspects about the climax were unsatisfying for me. And did the police really make no effort to negotiate in those days?

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


awesome, i saw this a long time ago

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

one of the great doomed romantic epics of poetic realism, with director marcel carné, his writing partner, the poet jacques prévert, and the fatalistic hero of so many films of the era, jean gabin, all at the height of their powers. wonderful atmosphere

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features