Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (1987)

Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (1987)

Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)



Critic Consensus: Louis Malle's autobiographical tale of a childhood spent in a WWII boarding school is a beautifully realized portrait of friendship and youth.

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During the Nazi occupation of France, a young Catholic boarding-school student witnesses the courage of his teachers as they defy the anti-Semitic policies of the German forces, and quietly enroll Jewish children in their school using assumed names.

Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Louis Malle
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On DVD: Mar 28, 2006
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as Julien Quentin

as Mme Quentin

as Jean Bonnet

as Francois Quentin

as Father Michel

as Muller

as Boulanger

as Guibourg

as Florent

as Mlle. Davenne

as Father Hippolyte

as Infirmary Nurse

as Mme. Perrin

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Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

An ever-shifting balance of power is the film's greatest strength.

Full Review… | January 26, 2015
Time Out
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In this frightening and beautiful film, a schoolboy must learn hard lessons early.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
TIME Magazine
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The film's quiet integrity finally depends on his avoidance of heroic cliché and stylistic bombast, and on the unindulgent generosity extended towards his characters.

February 9, 2006
Time Out
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It's a work that has the kind of simplicity, ease and density of detail that only a film maker in total command of his craft can bring off, and then only rarely.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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A schoolboy cannot be expected to understand how swiftly violence and evil can strike out and change everything.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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In this season of boyhood remembrances, Malle's is the most devastating -- an inspired elegy to little boys lost.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)

Its so simple yet so beautiful. The actors are convincing and bring the melancholy mood to a new level for late 80's cinema. A great french film that deserves more attention!

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

Inspired by real events, a boarding school in World War II, France sets the stage where friendship is realized and youth is corrupted in Goodbye, Children. Moving and unforgettable.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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Oh you French sure know how to drag out a movie..yeesh! This was VERY slow paced, and uneventful, right up until the last 10 min. THEN it finally had some memorable moments. This was well made, and had some wonderful young actors, however. I just wish it had a little more substance.

Cynthia S.

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