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Au revoir les enfants
 
 

Directed by Louis Malle, France 1987
104 mins. French dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : GOLDEN LION AT 1987 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
In 1943, Julien (Gaspard Manesse) is a student at a French boarding school. When three new students arrive, including Jean Bonnett (Raphael Fejto), Julien believes they are no different from the other boys. What Julien doesn't know is that the boys are actually Jews who are evading capture by the Nazis. Although Julien doesn't care for Jean at first, the boys develop a tight bond - while the head of the school, Père Jean (Philippe Morier-Genoud), works to protect the boys from the Holocaust.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Not only the best movie on the subject of the Occupation ... it is also one of the best pictures ever made about childhood. The performances that Malle has drawn ... are not to be faulted."  (Philip French - The Observer)

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