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8.7
/10
5,745 Ratings

Au revoir les enfants

Directed by Louis Malle
France, West Germany, 1987
Drama, War

Synopsis

A heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed.

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Au revoir les enfants Directed by Louis Malle

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1988 | 2 nominations including: Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Awards

1988 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

National Board of Review

1987 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

BAFTA Awards

1989 | Winner: Best Direction

1989 | 3 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

It’s a harsh world, dictated by wartime exigencies. But here, somewhat uncharacteristically, Malle allows himself no directorial flourish nor digression. Au Revoir les Enfants is a bold rites-of-passage story of initiation into a world of moral uncertainty that is chastely free of exaggeration, histrionics and bombast.
January 29, 2015
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