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Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

Au revoir les enfants (original title)
PG | | Drama, War | 12 February 1988 (USA)
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle, Louis Malle (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaspard Manesse ... Julien Quentin
Raphael Fejtö ... Jean Bonnet
Francine Racette ... Mme Quentin
Stanislas Carré de Malberg ... François Quentin (as Stanislas Carré De Malberg)
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Père Jean
François Berléand ... Père Michel
François Négret François Négret ... Joseph
Peter Fitz Peter Fitz ... Muller
Pascal Rivet Pascal Rivet ... Boulanger
Benoît Henriet Benoît Henriet ... Ciron
Richard Leboeuf Richard Leboeuf ... Sagard
Xavier Legrand Xavier Legrand ... Babinot
Arnaud Henriet Arnaud Henriet ... Negus
Jean-Sébastien Chauvin Jean-Sébastien Chauvin ... Laviron
Luc Etienne Luc Etienne ... Moreau (as Luc Étienne)
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Storyline

In 1944, upper class boy Julien Quentin and his brother François travel to Catholic boarding school in the countryside after vacations. Julien is a leader and good student and when the new student Jean Bonnet arrives in the school, they have friction in their relationship. However, Julien learns to respect Jean and discovers that he is Jewish and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. They become best friends and Julien keeps the secret. When the priest Jean discovers that the servant Joseph is stealing supplies from the school to sell in the black market, he fires the youth. Sooner the Gestapo arrives at school to investigate the students and the priests that run and work in the boarding school. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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$4,542,825
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Based on an incident from Louis Malle's own youth. Julien is modeled after Malle. See more »

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Julien Quentin: I'm the only one in this school that thinks about death. It's incredible!
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Sad masterpiece.
14 December 2013 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

I first saw the film in my high school French class and remembered it to be a touching drama based on friendship, hope and despair. During World War II, Julien and his brother Francois stay at a Catholic boarding school, where they, along with the priests, hide their Jewish friend Jean from the Nazis.

The cinematography of the film is brilliant as it captures the aura and atmosphere of 1940s France, and the horror, fear and despair of war. Unlike many war films, which depict battles and violence, this film captures the backgrounds of these youngsters' lives and describes what it is like to live in an era of war. The trauma war inflicts on their lives are also powerfully depicted.

A solid plot, though slow at times, with superb acting and steady-paced drama, this movie is truly a work of art and fans of the drama genre of movies should give it a watch.

Grade B


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