Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) - Plot Summary Poster

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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
  • The story of a young Jewish boy, Jean Kippelstein aka Jean Bonnet, living under a false identity in a Catholic residential school in Nazi-occupied France. The headmaster knows of his background and is part of the conspiracy to protect him. Jean befriends a classmate, Julien Quentin. who learns of Jean's secret but keeps that information to himself. When Jean's true identity is revealed, the boy, the headmaster and others are taken away by the Gestapo, never to be seen again. Semi-autobiographical account of director Louis Malle's life at boarding school during World War II.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • During WWII, in a Catholic boarding school in the French countryside, two boys become friends. One is a French boy, Julien Quintin, and the other is a Jewish boy, Jean Bonnet, who is being hidden from the Nazis by the friars who run the school. Louis Malle directed this film based on what actually happened when he was at a boarding school himself during the war.

    - Written by Gene Volovich <volovich@netcom.com>
  • 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.

    - Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>


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