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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 »
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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 & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Friendship and Betrayal in Times of War See more (86 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)
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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)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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:
Mlle Davenne:[Julien is playing piano poorly] It's an A-Sharp. You can't hear when you play a false note?
[Smiles and points at page]
Mlle Davenne:Go on.
Mlle Davenne:[Julien worsens] You should try the violin
[Both laugh]
Mlle Davenne:Do you hate music?
Julien Quentin:Not at all. But my mother forces me to take piano.
Mlle Davenne:She's right. If you stop now, you'll always regret it.
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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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Friendship and Betrayal in Times of War, 8 October 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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