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Movie Review – Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

31 January 2015 12:47 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Au Revoir les Enfants, 1987

Directed by Louis Malle.

Starring Gaspard ManesseRaphael FejtöPhilippe Morier-Genoud and Francine Racette.


Julien (Gaspard Manesse) is an ordinary boy. He’s not particularly different to the chatty children that run around the playground today. Though kicking each other with stilts would be a little risqué in this modern day and age. He joins the rabble in bullying the new kid, Jean Bonnet (as in “Easter Bunny!” *chortle, chortle*). But his passing comments and jibes soon turn into interest as the headmaster asks him to be kind to Bonnet (Raphaël Fejtö). His interest grows as, when the school is on high-alert, Jean is hidden away. In fact, a small group of boys are treated differently. At one point, Julien wakes up and witnesses Jean pray, with two small candles alongside his bed. The two boys bond together playing piano (and fancying the piano teacher »

- Simon Columb

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Au Revoir les Enfants review – every scene is masterful

28 January 2015 9:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Re-released in cinemas to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Louis Malle’s 1987 film offers an unrivalled depiction of childhood, memory and war

• Why Au Revoir les Enfants is the one film you should watch this week – video review

Louis Malle’s quasi-autobiographical masterpiece Au Revoir Les Enfants from 1987 is now re-released in cinemas in the same week as Holocaust Memorial Day. It remains breathtakingly good. There is a miraculous, unforced ease and naturalness in the acting and direction; it is classic movie storytelling in the service of important themes, including the farewell that we must bid to our childhood, and to our innocence – a farewell repeated all our lives in the act of memory. The scene is Nazi-occupied France in 1944 and the wealthy, urbane parents of 12-year-old Julien (Gaspard Manesse) have sent him away to a Catholic boarding school in the country. Here he makes the acquaintance of a shy, clever »

- Peter Bradshaw

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