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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.

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Raphael Fejtö ...
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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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$4,542,825 (USA)
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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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Jean's pants are dirty after wrestling with Julien, but clean at the restaurant. See more »

Quotes

Mme Quentin: Mind you, I have nothing against Jews. Except for that Leon Blum. They can hang him.
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Pour Cuotemoc, Justine et Chloé. (opening credits) See more »

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Referenced in Dead Poets Society (1989) See more »

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Moment musical no 2
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Ami Flammer, violin
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Terribly sad...but still wonderful
29 November 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is possibly one of the saddest films I have ever seen. I've seen a lot of French stuff, and this is possibly my favorite, along with all the Marcel Pagnol stuff (i.e Jean de Florette) and Amelie, of course. Very good work. I came to really love the characters. Warning: This movie could make you very upset. But you'll be glad you saw it.


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