Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)


“I’m the only one in this school that thinks about death. It’s incredible!” – Julien Quentin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Boys living in a strict French Catholic school during World War II are shielded from the war until a new student arrives.

My Take on it – As someone who is not a fan of foreign language films at all, I have avoided watching this movie for years despite having heard some great things about it.

They do a wonderful job f showing the innocence of children during World War II.

The film is able to show the camaraderie of these children quite well even within the backdrop of war.

The characters are developed really well and we get to see how friendships can grow over the course of time.

The movie is shot really well and allows us to see things happening in the background that the characters themselves are quite unaware of, yet it shows the presence of war.

The way that this school was able to try and shelter these kids from the atrocities and horrors of war is show quite well.

In addition, the innocence of these children about the differences between religions is amazing because they are truly astounded when they need to learn the difference between Jew and Catholics.

This is especially poignant due to the way that this story itself unfolds.

Bottom Line – Amazing depiction of the innocence of children during wartime. The camaraderie of these kids is built up really well and allows for us to watch things as they progress.  The story has some great things happening in the background that are noticeable to the viewer, but the kids are oblivious to them because of the way that they are being sheltered from the horrors of the war going on around them. The way that these kids are unaware of the differences between Catholics and Jews is interesting to watch especially given how this story unfolds. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Before he was a director, Quentin Tarantino worked in a video store. He called this movie “the reservoir film” because he couldn’t pronounce the title. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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