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.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Based on an incident from Louis Malle
's own youth. Julien is modeled after Malle. See more
Jean Bonnet is demonstrated to have surprisingly impressive pianist skills; However, when his hands are highlighted, his left hand is pressing the wrong keys, while the right one isn't moving at all and therefore it's clear that the music was added after the scene was shot. See more
My message today is especially for the youngest among you who will be confirmed in a few weeks. My children, we live in a time of discord and hatred. Lies are all-powerful. Christians kill one another. Those who should guide us betray us instead. More than ever, we must beware of selfishness and indifference. You're all from wealthy families, some very wealthy. Because you've been given much, much will be asked of you.
Pour Cuotemoc, Justine et Chloé. (opening credits) See more
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by Ami Flammer
, violin See more