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Au Revoir Les Enfants

7 Feb 201517 Feb 2015

★★★★★ “Evocative, tender…Without being sentimental the drama is incredibly moving” The Times

★★★★★ “Every line, every scene, every shot, is composed with mastery. It has to be seen” The Guardian

This richly detailed, immaculately acted film traces the friendship between two 12-year-olds, one from a wealthy Catholic family through whose eyes the events are seen, the other a Jewish boy hidden by the priests, his identity concealed. 

It’s a movie about childhood, friendship, betrayal, and how to understand a confused world. The priests are neither mocked nor turned into plaster saints; Nazism and anti-Semitism are seen as evil, but the German occupiers are not demonised. The infinitely moving final words are spoken on the soundtrack by Malle himself looking back over the years to a moment he will never forget.

Au Revoir Les Enfants, dir. Louis Malle, France 1986, 103 mins., French with English subtitles

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