92 user 78 critic

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.




On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy, finds himself between the urge to discover love and the ever-present, dominating affection of his mother.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly
Atlantic City (1980)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Maurice Ronet, Léna Skerla, Yvonne Clech
The Lovers (1958)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Saddled with a dull husband and a foolish lover, a woman has an affair with a stranger.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, Jean-Marc Bory
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps
May Fools (1990)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Miou-Miou, Michel Piccoli, Michel Duchaussoy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge
Belle de Jour (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel
The 400 Blows (1959)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaspard Manesse ...
Raphael Fejtö ...
François Quentin (as Stanislas Carré De Malberg)
Philippe Morier-Genoud ...
François Négret ...
Peter Fitz ...
Pascal Rivet ...
Benoît Henriet ...
Richard Leboeuf ...
Xavier Legrand ...
Arnaud Henriet ...
Jean-Sébastien Chauvin ...
Luc Etienne ...
Moreau (as Luc Étienne)


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Biography | Drama | War


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




| |


| | | |

Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Au Revoir Les Enfants  »

Box Office


$4,542,825 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


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


Julien Quentin: Ass-kisser.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »


Moment musical no 2
Written by Franz Schubert (as Schubert)
Performed by Ami Flammer, violin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

It's a beautiful movie...
16 August 2004 | by (Marília - SP - Brasil) – See all my reviews

This movie is perfect!! I watched it when I was 11 years old, and now, I see this Malle film as the best work that he could be done for the world. Thanks Mr. Malle. I hope that you met with Kipperlstain in Heaven. ;-) The friendship in the "Au revoir les enfants" was treated with many sensibility, following all steps of human nature. Julien and bonnet do not became friends at the beginning, but their interests one by the other move tears. This aspect will become the movie more beautiful. Enjoy this movie. I had it as my preferred.

27 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Julien's fault? yukidomari
The Restaurant Scene christensencompany
Nit Picking Questions jeffjaguar
How on earth did ar,le lose to Babette's feast Slicco-J
Recent Photos of Gaspard Manesse (Julien Quentin) syllavus
Julien: Friend or Foe? rwp1
Discuss Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: