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.
Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) Photos
as Julien Quentin
as Mme Quentin
as Jean Bonnet
as Francois Quentin
as Father Jean
as Father Michel
as Mlle. Davenne
as Father Hippolyte
as Infirmary Nurse
as Mme. Perrin
as The restaurant operator
Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)
An ever-shifting balance of power is the film's greatest strength.
In this frightening and beautiful film, a schoolboy must learn hard lessons early.
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.
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.
A schoolboy cannot be expected to understand how swiftly violence and evil can strike out and change everything.
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!
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.
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.
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