Au revoir les enfants

Au revoir les enfants

DVD - 2006 | French
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A young French boy in a Catholic boarding school during the German occupation befriends a new student, only to learn he is Jewish, and to lose him to the Nazis when he is discovered. Based on the actual experiences of the director.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2006.
ISBN: 9780780030046
0780030044
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. --

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1aa
Mar 07, 2016

A fairly slow film, with little plot to keep the story moving forward. The gawking of the main character is overdone and gets annoying. Nevertheless, a touching film.

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aqiva
Jan 09, 2015

The Summary, above, in the Bibliographic entry, is sorely lacking as it does not state the most important and relevant parts of the film's narrative story: A priest who headed a Catholic school hid 4 French Jewish school boys; 3 of whom posed as Catholic pupils; and the 4th was hidden (in terms of being Jewish) as a school employee. The 3 pupils and the school principal, Père Jacques (the priest) were eventually arrested. The 3 boys were sent to the Auschwitz death camp where each was murdered. The priest, weighing 88 pounds at liberation by American GI's at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, died shortly afterwards despite efforts of the GI's to save him.
The film is a moving and touching portrayal of the school, staff and pupils. French director Louis Malle, a French Catholic, was a pupil at the school and knew the 3 Jewish boys and he was there at the time of the arrests. He made the film in memory of the murdered boys and the murdered priest. Beautifully done film. Some say this was Malle's finest film and this Seattle resident concurs.

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Nursebob
Jan 03, 2015

In WWII France a privileged young boy becomes separated from his classmates during a school outing. He suddenly realizes that outside the walls of his comfortable Catholic boarding school lies a dark and threatening forest filled with wild animals.....some of which walk on two legs. This is perhaps the defining scene in Louis Malle's beautifully understated opus about the loss of childhood innocence amidst the horrors of war. Malle imbues his film with a sense of tragic irony.....children play silly war-like games while real atrocities occur a few miles away; images of Christ and the Virgin look down helplessly upon scenes of petty theft and everyday cruelty; and betrayal comes in the form of an innocent glance. A sad, gentle film free of artifice and bombast, which makes the final farewell all the more tragic.

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ernie6
Feb 25, 2014

This is one of my favourite films of all time. Every scene is memorable and entirely plausible, and it's all the more remarkable that the two leads never acted before or since, at least on film (I looked it up). And the final scene is heartbreaking and unforgettable.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 24, 2013

This is probably the best work (yes, subject to debate) by French director Louis Malle, about lives of children living in Nazi-occupied France. Great acting by the child actors. A moving story well told. Highly recommended for its historic value and as cinema by a gifted director. French with subtitles.

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ginlinen
Jul 04, 2010

The movie for the soul! The history moment that last.

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GailRoger
Jan 26, 2010

Louis Malle telling tales out of school. Not a breath of melodrama, just a gentle story of inadvertent betrayal.

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