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One of the Best ever French films
on 26 January 2001
Au Revoir Les Enfants (translation: farewell/goodbye, children) is one of the best French films of recent years.
The French director Louis Malle tells us a story: that of his childhood in a Catholic boarding school during the occupation of France by Germany (Second World War). "Farewell, children" really means farewell, childhood and innocence. Louis Malle recalls the events that turned him into an adult, the faults he made, the regrets he had. The direction is faultless, the acting is excellent, the music matches.
This film won the following awards: -BAFTA Film Award: Best Direction -Bodil Festival: Best European Film -French Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editor, Best French Film, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Scenario -LAFCA Award: Best Foreign Language Film -Venice: Golden Lion
Warmly recommended for all audiences. Certainly one of my favourite movies.