Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)1987

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



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.


Gaspard Manesse
as Julien Quentin
Francine Racette
as Mme Quentin
Raphael Fejtö
as Jean Bonnet
François Berléand
as Father Michel
Peter Fitz
as Muller
Pascal Rivet
as Boulanger
Marcel Bellot
as Guibourg
Ami Flammer
as Florent
Irène Jacob
as Mlle. Davenne
Jean-Paul Dubarry
as Father Hippolyte
Jacqueline Staup
as Infirmary Nurse
Jacqueline Paris
as Mme. Perrin
Rene Bouloc
as The restaurant operator
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Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7)

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

January 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

August 24, 2010 | Full Review…

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

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.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

A schoolboy cannot be expected to understand how swiftly violence and evil can strike out and change everything.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In this season of boyhood remembrances, Malle's is the most devastating -- an inspired elegy to little boys lost.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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 oh
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


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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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