- Actors: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, Philippe Morier-Genoud
- Directors: Louis Malle
- Writers: Louis Malle
- Producers: Louis Malle
- Format: Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound, Subtitled
- Language: English, French, German
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Arrow
- VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
- Run Time: 104 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CNG0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,845 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Au Revoir Les Enfants [VHS]
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Wartime drama written and directed by Louis Malle. During the Nazi occupation of France, young teenager Jean (Raphael Fejito) returns to his Catholic boarding school after some time off and strikes up a friendship with new classmate Julien (Gaspard Manesse). After some initial hostilities and friction between the pair, Julien learns that Jean is in fact Jewish, and one of three boys being offered a safe haven by the sympathetic headmaster (Philippe Morier-Genoud). However, when Gestapo officers arrive at the school, they begin to delve deeper into the lives of the students and the priests watching over them...
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The desirable US Criterion issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don't confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front - that won't help.
Until such time as this 1987 French classic is given a Region B release by someone else - check your player has the capacity to play REGION A - before you buy the pricey Criterion issue...
The acting of the boys, the priests, and everyone around them is seamless, transparent. Beautifully written and filmed, this is a picture that might be unbearably sad, were it not for the fact that most of it is taken up with what I imagine is typical life at a French boys boarding school at the time, with all its horseplay and high jinks, cold water and scanty food (even at an expensive place). The crocodile, and the outdoor exercise plus wearing of short pants all through winter. The director does a good job of distracting the viewer with all this, until he is ready to tell the tragic story at its heart, which has clearly been on his mind for nearly 50 years. I would urge you to take a look at it.
If you are A-level french standard, you will be able to comfortably follow this.
You will never forget the film. Don't hesitate to buy this if you like films that make an impact emotionally and philosophically, and relish interpreting actions rather than have conclusions fed to you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Be aware that this is a Region A Blu-ray Disc. It will not play on an unmodified UK or European Blu-ray player. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by NH
Why why why why why? This has been one of my all-time favourite films since I first saw it when I was about 11. It is powerful, moving and elegantly filmed and acted. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2004 by davektt
All has been said about the film that can be said - a true cinematic masterpiece from one of the greatest directors in history. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2002