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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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François Quentin (as Stanislas Carré De Malberg)
Philippe Morier-Genoud ...
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François Négret ...
Peter Fitz ...
Muller
Pascal Rivet ...
Boulanger
Benoît Henriet ...
Ciron
Richard Leboeuf ...
Sagard
Xavier Legrand ...
Babinot
Arnaud Henriet ...
Negus
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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Biography | Drama | War

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12 February 1988 (USA)  »

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$4,542,825 (USA)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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

Negus: En garde, Laviron! Coward, traitor, villain! I'm Negus, the Black Knight, protector of widows and orphans.
Laviron: Get back, Moor! I'm Richard the Lionhearted. I'll drive you from Jerusalem, infidel Saracen. Son of a bitch.
Negus: Allah is God and Mohammed is his prophet. Tremble, my friend. Lion heart, flea brain, pig face, cow turd. Allah. Allah. Allah. Allah. Allah.
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Pour Cuotemoc, Justine et Chloé. (opening credits) See more »


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Moment musical no 2
Written by Franz Schubert (as Schubert)
Performed by Ami Flammer, violin
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Friendship and Betrayal in Times of War
8 October 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1944, the upper class boy Julien Quentin (Gaspard Manesse) and his older brother François travel to the Catholic boarding school in the countryside after vacations. Julien is a leader and good student and when the new student Jean Bonnet (Raphael Fejtö) 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 of the origins of Jean. When the priest Jean (Philippe Morier- Genoud) discovers that the servant Joseph (François Négret) 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.

"Au Revoir les Enfants" is an awarded film written and directed by Louis Malle apparently based on true events during World War II in the boarding school where he studied. The touching story of friendship and betrayal is beautiful and sad, and the boys have great performances. Louis Malle highlights the despicable behavior of collaborators and traitor and the most impressive, the German soldiers are tough but respectful with the French civilians. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Adeus, Meninos" ("Goodbye, Boys")


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