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

Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)

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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.


Movie Info

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
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 2006
Runtime:
Criterion Collection

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Cast


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

as The restaurant opera...
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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
Top Critic

In this frightening and beautiful film, a schoolboy must learn hard lessons early.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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

½

Au Revoir Les Enfants by Louis Malle is 99% autobiographical and is regarded by Malle himself as the most important film he made. It's an entertaining enough film until the astonishing climax. Powerful and subtle at the same time with many interesting characters. Most of the characters aren't explored in great detail, this adds to the story, and without spoiling the ending, is kind of the point and how Malle remembers it. The most striking character of all is actually the Kitchen boy Joseph, again I won't tell you why as it will spoil the film and you really should see it for yourself!

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Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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