Absolutely the most tender, understated coming of age story that exists. Malle explores the nostalgia for childhood and the illusions of adulthood from the respectively opposite points of view. The young Manesse and Fejtő give two profound performances, rooting the film in a really deeply emotional place- it's hard not walk away from this one heartbroken.
Tremendous film. Male adolescence is captured here so articulately and truthfully that its heartbreaking story resonates long after the film is finished. First Malle that I have seen and it will not be the last. Highest recommendation!
Deliberately paced. One gets to know the boys of the school and their relationships with their parents. The day to day normality is abruptly ended and it jolts you awake as you've been coasting through their lives until now. The film leaves a lasting impression and you feel the loss.