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Genre  Biography, Drama, War
Country  France West Germany
8.1/10 IMDb

Director  Louis Malle
Screenplay  Louis Malle
Language  French German
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Writer  Louis Malle (scenario)
Release date  29 August 1987 (premiere at Venice Film Festival, Italy) 7 October 1987 (France) December 1987 (US)
Languages  French, English, Greek, German, Latin
Awards  Golden Lion, Cesar Award for Best Film
Cast  Gaspard Manesse (Julien Quentin), Raphael Fejtö (Jean Bonnet), Francine Racette (Mme Quentin), Philippe Morier-Genoud (Père Jean), Stanislas Carré de Malberg (François Quentin), François Berléand (Père Michel)
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Au revoir les enfants ([o ʁə.vwaʁ le zɑ̃.fɑ̃], meaning "Goodbye, Children") is an autobiographical 1987 film written, produced and directed by Louis Malle. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.


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During the winter of 1943-44, Julien Quentin, a student at a Carmelite boarding school in occupied France, is returning to school from vacation. He acts tough to the students at the school, but he is actually a pampered mother's boy who still wets his bed. Saddened to be returning to the tedium of boarding school, Julien's classes seem uneventful until Père Jean, the headmaster, introduces three new pupils. One of them, Jean Bonnet, is the same age as Julien. Like the other students, Julien at first despises Bonnet, a socially awkward boy with a talent for arithmetic and playing the piano.

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One night, Julien wakes up and discovers that Bonnet is wearing a kippah and is praying in Hebrew. After digging through his new friend's locker, Julien learns the truth. His new friend's name is not Bonnet, but Jean Kippelstein. Père Jean, a compassionate, sacrificing priest of the old school, had agreed to grant a secret asylum to hunted Jews. After a game of treasure hunt, however, Julien and Jean bond and a close friendship develops between them.

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When Julien's mother visits on Parents' Day, Julien asks his mother if Bonnet, whose parents could not come, could accompany them to lunch at a gourmet restaurant. As they sit around the table, the talk turns to Julien's father, a factory owner. When Julien's brother asks if he is still for Marshal Pétain, Madame Quentin responds, "No one is anymore." However, the Milice arrive and attempt to expel a Jewish diner. When Julien's brother calls them "Collabos," the Milice commander is enraged and tells Madam Quentin, "We serve France, madam. He insulted us." However, when a Wehrmacht officer coldly orders them to leave, the Milice officers grudgingly obey. Julien's mother comments that the Jewish diner appears to be a very distinguished gentleman. She insists that she has nothing against Jews, but would not object if the socialist politician Léon Blum were hanged.

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Shortly thereafter, Joseph, the school's assistant cook, is exposed for selling the school's food supplies on the black market. He implicates several students as accomplices, including Julien and his brother, François. Although Père Jean is visibly distressed by the injustice, he fires Joseph but does not expel the students for fear of offending their wealthy and influential parents.

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On a cold morning in January 1944, the Gestapo raid the school. As his classroom is being searched, Julien unintentionally gives away Bonnet by looking in his direction. As the other two Jewish boys are hunted down, Julien encounters the person who denounced them, Joseph the kitchen hand. Trying to justify his betrayal in the face of Julien's mute disbelief, Joseph tells him, "Don't act so pious. There's a war on, kid." Disgusted, Julien runs off. Jean and Julien exchange books, a shared hobby of theirs, as they pack away their belongings due to the closure of the school.

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As the students are lined up in the school courtyard, a Gestapo officer denounces the illegal nature of Père Jean's actions. He further accuses all French people of being weak and undisciplined. Meanwhile, Père Jean and the three Jewish students are led away by the officers. Père Jean shouts: "Au revoir, les enfants! À bientôt!" to the children and they respond: "Au revoir, mon père!" As they leave the grounds, Jean glances over towards Julien briefly, and he waves in return.

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The film ends with an older Julien providing a voiceover epilogue:

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"Bonnet, Negus and Dupre died at Auschwitz; Father Jean at Mauthausen. The school reopened its doors in October. More than 40 years have passed, but I'll remember every second of that January morning until the day I die."


  • Gaspard Manesse as Julien Quentin
  • Raphaël Fejtö as Jean Kippelstein, alias "Jean Bonnet"
  • Francine Racette as Mme Quentin (Julien's mother)
  • Stanislas Carré de Malberg as François Quentin (Julien's older brother)
  • Philippe Morier-Genoud as Father Jean/Père Jean
  • François Berléand as Father Michel/Père Michel
  • Irène Jacob as Mlle Davenne
  • François Négret as Joseph (kitchen helper)
  • Peter Fitz as Muller
  • Pascal Rivet as Boulanger
  • Benoît Henriet as Ciron
  • Richard Leboeuf as Sagard
  • Xavier Legrand as Babinot
  • Arnaud Henriet as Negus
  • Damien Salot as Dupre
  • Actual events

    The film is based on events in the childhood of the director, Louis Malle, who at age 11 was attending a Roman Catholic boarding school near Fontainebleau. One day, he witnessed a Gestapo raid in which three Jewish students and a Jewish teacher were rounded up and deported to Auschwitz. The school's headmaster, Père Jacques, was arrested for harboring them and sent to the concentration camp at Mauthausen. He died shortly after the camp was liberated by the U.S. Army, having refused to leave until the last French prisoner was repatriated. Forty years later Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, granted Père Jacques the title of Righteous Among the Nations.


    The film was extremely well received by critics and has a 97% "Fresh" rating at the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes based on 29 reviews, with the consensus: "Louis Malle's autobiographical tale of a childhood spent in a WWII boarding school is a beautifully realized portrait of friendship and youth.".

    The film was also a box office success having 3,488,460 admissions in France and grossing $4,542,825 in North America.

    The screenplay was published by Gallimard in the same year.

    Awards nominations

    Academy Awards

  • Best Foreign Language Film - Nominated
  • Best Original Screenplay (Louis Malle) - Nominated
  • Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Foreign Language Film - Nominated
  • British Academy Film Awards

  • Best Film (Louis Malle) - Nominated
  • Best Film Not in the English Language - Nominated
  • Best Direction (Louis Malle) - Won
  • Best Original Screenplay (Louis Malle) - Nominated
  • César Awards

  • Best Film (Louis Malle) - Won
  • Best Director (Louis Malle) - Won
  • Most Promising Actor (François Négret) - Nominated
  • Best Writing (Louis Malle) - Won
  • Best Cinematography (Renato Berta) - Won
  • Best Production Design (Willy Holt) - Won
  • Best Costume Design (Corinne Jorry) - Nominated
  • Best Editing (Emmanuelle Castro) - Won
  • Best Sound (Jean-Claude Laureux, Bernard Le Roux and Claude Villand) - Won

  • According to Quentin Tarantino, the title for the film Reservoir Dogs came about after a patron at a Video Archives rental store, where Tarantino used to work, misheard Quentin's film suggestion of Au revoir les enfants as "reservoir dogs".


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