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Ratings for Au revoir les enfants
(1987)

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14 member reviews/ratings for this Movie

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Reviews for Au revoir les enfants

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Also see Malle's Lacombe, Lucien, a remarkably good film about a rather stupid and cruel youth in rural southern France who joins the German police and becomes involved with a Jewish girl.

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Beautiful film by one of Europe's best directors.

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Unforgettable.

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Another film with great reviews, and a sad disappointment.

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Louis Malle deserves to be venerated for his accomplishment and awarded with the highest laurels of filmmaking and directing.

The story of his childhood encounter with the horrors of the Nazi occupation is transformed in a subtle and unagitated manner. He allows us to see scenes so appalling and soaked with historical inhumanity in sequences and pictures that are stunning in their simplicity and sobriety. The pace of the movie mingled with the sensitivity of both the director's storytelling and the actors' performances make this movie a cinematic highlight and an accomplishment residing at the zenith of French film-making acquisitions.

The setting is France in 1944, occupied by the German forces. A beautiful Gaspard Manesse introduces a narration reaching for sincere authenticity and emotional depth. The story focuses on the legacy of Louis Malle, who attended a private boarding school run by the clergy at the age of 12. Gaspard Manesse, being at the center and telling the story with angel-like grace and sublime sincerity, experiences the harsh time of the German occupation as he suffers from malnutrition, cold and desolation caused by bleak accomodations and continuous air raids.

Then he encounters Raphael Fejtö's character, Jean Bonnet, an outcast who joins Julien (Gaspard) and the other boys in their daily struggle for viability. The evolving affection and eventual friendship that subtly accrues from their mutual bias for literature is not presented in a stereotyped and corny mode, but transformed as a growing sympathy based on events and incidents that awakened Julien's awarness of Jean's apparent strangeness in terms of religion and eating habits. He slowly discovers Jean's secret, which makes him curious and strengthens the bond of affection that was already growing between them. The tragedy at the end is thoroughly brutal in its transition on screen, thrashing in its subtlety and heart-rending in its sincerity.

I was personally moved by the quality of each illustration, of the message of every detail and the power of the camera work. Gaspard Manesse tells the story masterly, conveying horror and spirituality alike with naive simplicity and touching authenticity.

The movie ranges among the best ever accomplishments of French cinema. It made me think about life and values, about the truths of our existence and the brittleness of life.

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