• Film ID:
  • 4319
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=100 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • France.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • French.
AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (1987)
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In a Catholic boarding school during the Nazi occupation of France, Julien Quietin, played by Gaspard Manesse as the character based around Malle, is no ordinary student, he is intelligent and different from the others. A new student arrives at the school one day and becomes a sort of intellectual rival to Julien, but, after some early hostilities, the boys begin to connect and eventually become good friends. Malle does not rely on overly dramatic sequences where not necessary as a way to build up the plot, instead he shows us the monotonous daily routines of life at the school: prayers, mass, classes, music, exercise classes and even air-raids. Louis Malle has said that he wanted to make this film a long time ago, but could not find the strength. The end result on film is a stunningly beautiful and incredibly touching portrait of friendship, guilt, frustration and anger and I'm sure it worked wonders for Malle as an exorcism of his past. Absolutely brilliant.
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