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Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

Au revoir les enfants (original title)
PG | | Drama, War | 12 February 1988 (USA)
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.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle, Louis Malle (scenario)
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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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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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:

Au Revoir les Enfants See more »

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Gross USA:

$4,542,825
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

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: François, what's a yid?
François Quentin: A jew.
Julien Quentin: I know, but what exactly is a Jew?
François Quentin: Someone who doesn't eat pork.
Julien Quentin: Are you kidding me?
François Quentin: Not at all.
Julien Quentin: What have people got against them?
François Quentin: The fact they're smarter than us, and they crucified Jesus.
Julien Quentin: That's not true. It was the Romans. Is that why they have to wear yellow stars?
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Crazy Credits

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

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Moment musical no 2
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Ami Flammer, violin
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Why isn't this available on video/DVD?
23 June 2002 | by sjlinnycSee all my reviews

Louie Malle's film is a deeply personal examination of the Holocaust, childhood friendship and accidental betrayal. Its young protagonists are affable without being overly sweet or cloying, and despite the semi-autobiographical nature of the story, Malle never gives over to cheap sentimentality the way Steven Spielberg might. While this is one of the films that got lost in the quagmire of Orion Classics, other titles from this period have been rescued and released on DVD through MGM. Long since out of print on VHS, it's shameful this film isn't readily available to those who might wish to examine the Holocaust from a different cinematic perspective, or to those seeking a powerful story that never falls prey to pathos.


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