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Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

Au revoir les enfants (original title)
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.

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François Quentin (as Stanislas Carré De Malberg)
Philippe Morier-Genoud ...
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François Négret ...
Peter Fitz ...
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Pascal Rivet ...
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Benoît Henriet ...
Ciron
Richard Leboeuf ...
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Xavier Legrand ...
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Arnaud Henriet ...
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Jean-Sébastien Chauvin ...
Laviron
Luc Etienne ...
Moreau (as Luc Étienne)
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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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12 February 1988 (USA)  »

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$4,542,825 (USA)
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Before becoming a famous movie-director, Quentin Tarantino worked in a video store, where he referred to this movie as "the reservoir film", because he couldn't pronounce the title. He combined this with Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs (1971) to produce the title Reservoir Dogs (1992). See more »

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When in the woods and running from his 'captors,' Julien hides in the rocks. During this sequence, his hair changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Julien Quentin: Arithmatic is useless, unless you want to be an accountant.
Jean Bonnet: My father was an accountant.
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Crazy Credits

Pour Cuotemoc, Justine et Chloé. (opening credits) See more »

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Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Rondo Caprioso
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns (as Saint-Saens)
Performed by Ami Flammer, violin
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touching film; probably based on an actual event
22 June 2003 | by (Jerusalem, Israel) – See all my reviews

This is a very moving film, most likely based on an actual event. The Carmelite priest,Lucien Bunel (1900-1945, "Pere Jacques") was founder and director of the Petit College d'Avon, near Fontainebleau. He was arrested on Jan. 15, 1994, accused of hiding 3 Jewish boys among his students, and was deported to the infamous Mauthausen concentration camp. He died in Linz, Austria on June 2, 1945. Malle's film depicts the intense trauma of Jewish children who were separated from their families and forced to take on a new identity in hiding, always afraid of being found out. They also faced the dilemma of how to maintain their Jewishness in the setting of a Catholic school. So, not just another war movie, this film depicts some of the real struggles facing hidden children, many of whom were saved by courageous Christians in Europe.


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