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Au Revoir les Enfants (1987) Poster

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Based on an incident from Louis Malle's own youth. Julien is modeled after Malle.
Before he was a director, Quentin Tarantino worked in a video store. He called this movie "the reservoir film" because he couldn't pronounce the title.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Selected by the Vatican in the "values" category of its list of 45 "great films."
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The re-release in Spain was only in 3 theaters: Madrid (Conde Duque, Verdi) and Barcelona (Verdi). The film was only projected 1 day in subtitled version.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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The film is based on events in the childhood of the director, Louis Malle, who at age 11 was attending a Roman Catholic boarding school near Fontainebleau. One day, he witnessed a Gestapo raid in which three Jewish students and a Jewish teacher were rounded up and deported to Auschwitz. The school's headmaster, Père Jacques, was arrested for harboring them and sent to the concentration camp at Mauthausen. He died shortly after the camp was liberated by the U.S. Army, having refused to leave until the last French prisoner was repatriated. Forty years later Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, granted Père Jacques the title of Righteous Among the Nations.
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