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Au revoir les enfants (1988)

Julien, a student of a Catholic boarding school, dislikes his new room-mate Jean. However, they develop a bond and share secrets when Julien realises that Jean is a Jew and is hiding from the Nazis. There is miraculous, unforced ease and naturalness in the ac... read more

Completed On: 12 Feb, 1988

Duration: 1 hr 44 min 0 sec

Genres: Fiction

Country: France

Director: Louis Malle

Submitted By: Anna Maurice

Au revoir les enfants Poster
Julien, a student of a Catholic boarding school, dislikes his new room-mate Jean. However, they develop a bond and share secrets when Julien realises that Jean is a Jew and is hiding from the Nazis.
There is miraculous, unforced ease and naturalness in the acting and direction; it is classic movie storytelling in the service of important themes, including the farewell that we must bid to our childhood, and to our innocence – a farewell repeated all our lives in the act of memory. The boys’ friendship may not be enough to protect Jean when a momentous secret is discovered. Malle shows how the French are conflicted about their collaborationist attitude.
  • Directors
    Louis Malle
  • Writers
    Louis Malle
  • Film Type
    Fiction
  • Genres
    Drama ,War,Art House,International
  • Runtime
    1 hours 44 minutes 0 seconds
  • Completion Date
    12 Feb, 1988
  • Production Budget
    USD
  • Country of Origin
    France
  • Country of Filming
    France, Germany, Italy
  • Film Language
    French, German
  • Shooting Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

Director's Biography

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris. His résumé showed that he had worked as an assistant to filmmaker Robert Bresson when Malle was hired by underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau to be a camera operator on the Calypso. Cousteau soon promoted him to be co-director of The Silent World (1956) ("The Silent World"). Years later, Cousteau called Malle the best underwater cameraman he ever had. Malle's third film, The Lovers (1958) ("The Lovers"), starring Jeanne Moreau broke taboos against on-screen eroticism. In 1968 the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the obscenity conviction of an Ohio theater that had exhibited "Les Amants." A director during the Nouvelle Vague, New Wave" of the 1950s and 1960s (though technically not considered a Nouvelle Vague auteur), he also made films on the other side of the Atlantic, starting with Pretty Baby (1978).
In one of his later French films, Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987), Malle was able to find catharsis for an experience that had haunted him since the German occupation of France in World War II. At age 12, he was sent to a Catholic boarding school near Paris that was a refuge for several Jewish students, one of them was Malle's rival for academic honours and his friend. A kitchen worker at the school with a grudge became an informant. The priest who was the principal was arrested and the Jewish students were sent off to concentration camps.

3 Reviews
  • Louis Malle, beautifully potrayed that no obstacles can come in between love and true lovers can go beyond any bounds. Congratulations and Good wishes for future.

    07 Aug, 2020

  • Nothings stands in love's way all the best

    15 May, 2020

  • Louis Malle, beautiful shows through this film how love works beyond the boundaries of region and culture . All best wishes.

    18 Feb, 2020

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