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)
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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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Trivia

Based on an incident from Louis Malle's own youth. Julien is modeled after Malle. 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

Mlle Davenne: [Julien is playing piano poorly] It's an A-Sharp. You can't hear when you play a false note?
[Smiles and points at page]
Mlle Davenne: Go on.
Mlle Davenne: [Julien worsens] You should try the violin
[Both laugh]
Mlle Davenne: Do you hate music?
Julien Quentin: Not at all. But my mother forces me to take piano.
Mlle Davenne: She's right. If you stop now, you'll always regret it.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Features The Immigrant (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Moment musical no 2
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Ami Flammer, violin
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touching film; probably based on an actual event
22 June 2003 | by msalifaSee all my reviews

This is a very moving film, most likely based on an actual event. The Carmelite priest,Lucien Bunel (1900-1945, "Pere Jacques") was founder and director of the Petit College d'Avon, near Fontainebleau. He was arrested on Jan. 15, 1994, accused of hiding 3 Jewish boys among his students, and was deported to the infamous Mauthausen concentration camp. He died in Linz, Austria on June 2, 1945. Malle's film depicts the intense trauma of Jewish children who were separated from their families and forced to take on a new identity in hiding, always afraid of being found out. They also faced the dilemma of how to maintain their Jewishness in the setting of a Catholic school. So, not just another war movie, this film depicts some of the real struggles facing hidden children, many of whom were saved by courageous Christians in Europe.


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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,542,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,575,613
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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