During World War II, in a Catholic boarding school in the French countryside, two boys become friends. One is a French boy, Julien Quintin, and the other is a Jewish boy, Jean Bonnet, who is being hidden from the Nazis by the friars who run the school. Louis Malle won a BAFTA for Best Director for Au Revoir Les Enfants, one of his best loved films.
Louis Malle made a lot of films about “coming of age” and losing childhood innocence over his storied career. But none is so powerful as Au Revoir Les Enfants, Malle’s autobiographical tale of the time he spent in boarding school during the German occupation of his homeland.
Critically acclaimed and unforgettable, Au Revoir Les Enfants remains as remarkable today as it was upon release.
• Interview with Vincent Malle
• A Profile of the Character Joseph by Filmmaker Guy Madden