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Au Revoir Les Enfants -- Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed.

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Director:
Writer:
Louis Malle (scenario)
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Release Date:
December 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A work of genius See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Gaspard Manesse ... Julien Quentin
Raphael Fejtö ... Jean Bonnet / Jean Kippelstein

Francine Racette ... Mme Quentin

Stanislas Carré de Malberg ... François Quentin (as Stanislas Carré De Malberg)
Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Père Jean

François Berléand ... Père Michel
François Négret ... Joseph
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)
Daniel Edinger ... Tinchaut
Marcel Bellot ... Guibourg
Ami Flammer ... Florent

Irène Jacob ... Mlle Davenne
Jean-Paul Dubarry ... Père Hippolyte
Jacqueline Staup ... Infirmière
Jacqueline Paris ... Mme Perrin
René Bouloc ... Le restaurateur
Alain Clément
Michael Rottstock
Detlef Gericke
Michael Becker
Thomas Friedl
Christian Sohn
Michel Ginot
Philippe Despaux
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sergio Kato ... Jean-Pierre (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
Louis Malle (scenario)

Produced by
Louis Malle .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Renato Berta 
 
Film Editing by
Emmanuelle Castro 
 
Casting by
Jeanne Biras 
Iris Carrière  (as Iris Carriere)
 
Production Design by
Willy Holt 
 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
 
Makeup Department
Susan Robertson .... hair stylist
Susan Robertson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Yves Asselin .... unit manager
Jérôme Boussier .... assistant unit manager
Gérald Molto .... production manager (as Gerald Molto)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mathieu Amalric .... trainee assistant director
Patrick Cartoux .... second assistant director
Yann Gilbert .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Benoît Clémenceau .... property master: furniture
Michel Grimaud .... property master
 
Sound Department
Daniel Couteau .... foley artist
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound assistant
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Bernard Leroux .... sound co-mixer
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronization (as Jacques Levy)
Claude Villand .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeanne-Louise Bulliard .... still photographer
Stéphane Cresta .... key grip
Jean-Marie Fadier .... second assistant camera
Marc Koninckx .... Steadicam operator
Robert Prévost .... chief electrician
Jean-Paul Toraille .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Sylvie Meyer .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hélène Robin .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Didier Jouyaux .... editor trainee
Marie-France Poulizac .... assistant editor (as Marie France Poulizac)
 
Other crew
Chantal Desmoulins .... production secretary
Christian Ferry .... production consultant
Miyoko Gushiken .... hats
Alain Guyard .... location manager
France Lachapelle .... script supervisor (as France La Chapelle)
Eva Simonet .... press attache
Bernadette Zinck .... production accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jérôme Baroni .... thanks
Nicolas Beaugrand .... thanks
Frank Cocteaux .... thanks
Samy Costet .... thanks
Jean-Marc Crappé .... thanks
François Cros .... thanks
Philippe Doyen .... thanks
Pascal François .... thanks
Erwin Huck .... thanks
Sébastien Lelaizant .... thanks
Stéphane Moreau .... thanks
Jérôme Navarro .... thanks
J.Ch. Negrevergne .... thanks
J.Ph. Negrevergne .... thanks
Sylvain Paul .... thanks
Xavier Pouchin .... thanks
Philippe Rolin .... thanks
Alvaro Rubio .... thanks
François Rubio .... thanks
Damien Salot .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Au revoir les enfants" - France (original title)
"Goodbye, Children" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Iceland:L | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | South Korea:12 (video rating) (1990) | South Korea:All (theatrical rating) (1989) | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:12A (re-rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:6 (bw)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Based on an incident from Louis Malle's own youth.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jean's pants are dirty after wrestling with Julien, but clean at the restaurant.See more »
Quotes:
Julien Quentin:You scared?
[pause]
Jean Bonnet:All the time.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rondo CapriosoSee more »

FAQ

What film do the boys watch?
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36 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A work of genius, 17 March 2000
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

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This is a masterpiece of cinema, a work of genius by one of the greatest directors, Louis Malle. He does everything with the barest touch, just the slightest emphasis, without rancor or any loading of the deck. He understates and plays fair always. He has complete control of his story and of the audience. He knows what they believe and what they expect. He respects that, but he doesn't cater, and he is very gentle about leading us to the conclusion. He makes it beautiful although it is horrible.

Gaspard Manesse as Julien and Raphael Fejto as Jean are unforgettable and a reminder that in film it's important to have a good cast. Yet, I suspect Malle could have made geniuses of any number of talented young boys in their parts. This is your Catholic boys school coming of age film without lecherous priests or the brutality of children; that is, no more than is necessary, just what is real and seen in perspective, the context being the Nazi occupation of France in 1944. It is amazing how Malle manages to show the bestiality and brain dead stupidity of the Nazis by presenting them at their most gentle. If one can damn by faint praise, one can destroy by contrast. Compared to what is human and natural we see the Nazis, as their pretentious Reich is falling apart, chasing after children, obsessed with psychotic racist delusions. Through the objective eyes of the children we see the evil. Malle need only let the facts speak for themselves.

I think artists working in any medium would benefit from study of this film.

What it says to us is be honest, be fair, keep it simple, but not too simple. Use not a brush stroke more than necessary, and pay attention to every detail, especially the small ones. But while we can learn from and appreciate, it takes genius to pull it off. It can't be done by connecting the dots.

I am struck by a little irony on the jacket of the video. It has an early Siskel and Ebert quote: 'One of the year's best films.' That's a little embarrassing unless the year is a hundred years long.

Incidentally, the sublime, beautiful and wondrously talented Irène Jacob made her debut here in a small part as a piano teacher.

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