Au Revoir Les Enfants

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Released 1987

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Director:
Louis Malle
Released:
1987
Rating:
PG
Au Revoir Les Enfants is the critically acclaimed 1987 war drama from France and celebrated director Louis Malle (Elevator to the Gallows, Atlantic City, Lacombe, Lucien). In the winter of 1943-44 (December and January) the Malle stand in character, a twelve year old boy, befriends one of four Jewish boys that a Roman Catholic headmaster allows to stay at the private school, to save their lives. Their friendship is slow but realistic in budding, but then the Gestapo comes to the school, rounds up the Jewish boys- save one who escapes, and the headmaster, Father Jean (Philippe Morier-Genoud, Three Colors: White, Three Colors: Blue Cyrano de Bergerac), and the final shot is of the Malle stand-in watching his friend, and the others, being carted off to the death camps, as the school is closed, and Malle, in voice-over, reveals their fates'

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Military & War, Foreign Language