Au Revoir Les Enfants

Au Revoir Les Enfants

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Director: Louis Malle

Cast: Gaspard Manesse, Raphaël Fejtö, Francine Racette

     
 

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Gaspard Manesse plays Julien, an 11-year-old Catholic boarding-school resident during the Nazi occupation of France. He is witness to the courage of his instructors, who defy the German's anti-Semitic policies and quietly enroll Jewish children into the school under assumed names. Manesse befriends Jean (

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Gaspard Manesse plays Julien, an 11-year-old Catholic boarding-school resident during the Nazi occupation of France. He is witness to the courage of his instructors, who defy the German's anti-Semitic policies and quietly enroll Jewish children into the school under assumed names. Manesse befriends Jean (Raphael Fejto), one of these "instant Catholics." The refugee children are betrayed by a hostile ex-employee of the school, forcing Julien once more to be a bystander to history as Jean and the teachers are arrested. For this return to the French film industry after several years in the US, Louis Malle purged himself of his own bitter memories of life under the thumbs of the Nazis.

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Au Revoir, Les Enfants accepts the weighty challenge of making a Holocaust movie and acquits itself proudly. This was Louis Malle's first French film in a decade, and one gets the sense that it's a story he long felt compelled to bring to the screen. He based Au Revoir, Les Enfants on his own experiences in a Catholic boarding school in World War II and his remembrances of the frequent cowardice, and occasional defiant bravery, of the occupied French. This is not the world of Eastern Europe's constant horrors or England's interminable blitz, but an equally surreal place, where day-to-day life ostensibly continues as normal when the reality is anything but. The film does not explore the violence of the Holocaust directly; rather, it follows the somewhat uneventful lives of two boys who are, above all, just boys. They are children -- wide-eyed, curious, scared, kind, and spiteful -- like children everywhere, except unwitting parties to history's greatest drama. In this respect, the finale -- and in turn, the lasting impact -- of Malle's subtle, measured story is all the more devastating.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2011
UPC:
0715515068512
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
20,757

Special Features

Restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Renato Berta, with uncompressed monoaural soundtrack; Video interviews with Louis Malle biographer Pierre Billard and actress Candise Bergen, Malle's widow ; Joseph: A character study, a profile of the provocative figure from Au revoir les enfants, created by filmmaker Guy Magen in 2005; The Immigrant, Charlie Chaplin's 1917 short comedy, featured in the film; Audio experts from a 1988 AFI interview with Malle; Original theatrical trailer and teaser

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gaspard Manesse Julien Quentin
Raphaël Fejtö Jean Bonnet
Francine Racette Mme. Quentin
Stanislas Carre de Malberg Franqois Quentin
Philippe Morier-Genoud Father Jean
François Berléand Father Michel
François Négret Joseph
Peter Fitz Muller
Pascal Rivet Boulanger
Benoit Henriet Ciron
Richard Leboeuf Sagard
Xavier Legrand Babinot
Arnaud Henriet Négus/Lafarge
Michael Becker Actor
René Bouloc Actor
Jean-Sébastien Chauvin Laviron
Luc Étienne Moreau
Daniel Edinger M. Tinchaut
Marcel Bellot M. Guibourg
Ami Flammer M. Florent
Irène Jacob Mlle. Davenne
Jean-Paul Dubarry Father Hippolyte
Jacqueline Staup Infirmary Nurse
Jacqueline Paris Mme. Perrin

Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Renato Berta Cinematographer
Jeanne Biras Casting
Emmanuelle Castro Editor
Christian Ferry Associate Producer
Willy Holt Art Director,Production Designer
Corinne Jorry Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Claude Laureux Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Robertson Makeup
Claude Villand Sound/Sound Designer

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Au Revoir Les Enfants aka Goodgye Children is an excellent film based on the childhood memories of Malle himself. The actors however in the film are superb in character and own the tragic roles they portray. This is a must see movie for everyone.
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