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Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

Au revoir les enfants (original title)
PG | | Drama, War | 12 February 1988 (USA)
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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 the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle, Louis Malle (scenario)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaspard Manesse ... Julien Quentin
Raphael Fejtö ... Jean Bonnet
Francine Racette ... Mme Quentin
Stanislas Carré de Malberg ... François Quentin (as Stanislas Carré De Malberg)
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Père Jean
François Berléand ... Père Michel
François Négret François Négret ... Joseph
Peter Fitz Peter Fitz ... Muller
Pascal Rivet Pascal Rivet ... Boulanger
Benoît Henriet Benoît Henriet ... Ciron
Richard Leboeuf Richard Leboeuf ... Sagard
Xavier Legrand Xavier Legrand ... Babinot
Arnaud Henriet Arnaud Henriet ... Negus
Jean-Sébastien Chauvin Jean-Sébastien Chauvin ... Laviron
Luc Etienne Luc Etienne ... Moreau (as Luc Étienne)
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Storyline

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

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school | priest | catholic | jewish | nazi | See All (281) »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jean Bonnet: Are there wolves in these woods?
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Crazy Credits

Pour Cuotemoc, Justine et Chloé. (opening credits) See more »


Soundtracks

Rondo Caprioso
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns (as Saint-Saens)
Performed by Ami Flammer, violin
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Stunning Work of Art
6 September 2003 | by bouncingoffwallSee all my reviews

In this spellbinding film, Louis Malle is able to evoke the fear and sadness some children suffer while away from home at a boarding school, the loneliness. Yet he doesn't dwell on sentimentality but only skims it, instead peppering the scenes with the bravura and faux assertiveness of adolescents. Malle and the actors adroitly juggle circumstances and emotions. Ultimately, they capture a terrifying time in history through the eyes and uncertainty of boys who aren't as grown-up as they'd like to think.

The two main characters, Julien Quentin and Jean Bonnet, are beautifully portrayed by two very capable and talented young actors. The supporting cast is equally impressive. The film is directed with a touch of genius, and holds its own when compared to another motion picture masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.


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Country:

France | West Germany | Italy

Language:

French | German | English | Greek | Latin

Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,542,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,575,613
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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