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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 & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Children hide a terrible secret in this film masterpiece 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 »
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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: 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:
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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Children hide a terrible secret in this film masterpiece, 9 July 2000
Author: Sonatine97 (sonatine97@hotmail.com) from Birmingham, England

On seeing this movie several years ago my accompanying colleagues said of the film: what a load of self-indulgent, confusing, French stylized rubbish. They bemoaned the slow pace of the film, of the 2 dimensional directing and lack of any action or violent death scenes!

Those words still linger with me now and has made me realise that perhaps a lot of the movie-going public these days feed on the latest sfx pyrotechnics, more ingenious ways of abstract killings, lots of needless sex and not letting a good intelligent story get in the way.

Films like Les Enfants are going to be even more difficult to track down if Hollywood and some of the European studios opt for the fast Buck route to riches.

Les Enfant is a truly wonderful & yet harrowing account of life in a Catholic boys boarding school during the dying embers of the Nazi occupation of France in WW2. One of the new boys happens to be Jewish but the headmaster chooses to keep such identities covert while still offering him sanctuary and an education in spite of all the risks he takes.

To be fair I know little of Louis Malle previous to this film, but I think he must have poured his life's soul into writing & directing Les Enfant.

No detail, harrowing or otherwise, is spared; we see so much beauty amongst the horrors of occupation & collaboration; but also the blossoming relationship between the two lead boys and how initial envy & hatred of the Jew is somewhat diluted by the realities that this is no infantile school game but that life and death for the Jewish boy hangs by a thread if anyone at the school should reveal his true identity.

The final moments are perhaps one of the most sad & dramatic scenes I have ever seen. These days a lot of people would be waiting for some great heroic entrance from a big movie star to sort out all the misery and leave us with a reassurance that "it really wasn't all that bad back then was it".

But there are no heroes at the end of this movie, at least not the kind of heroes Hollywood serves up. The boys in this film are the true heroes right to the very end, primarily for their spirit of humanity in the face of impossible odds.

This is the hard reality of war amongst children growing up not only in the face of their own adolescence (and all the problems that serves), but also with the dark fingered claw of Nazism hanging menacingly like the the Scythe of the Grim Reaper.

This film will move you in so many directions and will hopefully bring you back down to earth from the current Hollywood shallow circus of pap & style-over-content.

Its a difficult film to track down, and the reason for this can be attributed to the first paragraph of this review.

*****/*****

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