Au revoir les enfants
(France/Germany, 1987, 104 minutes)
At a French boarding school during WWII, a Parisian boy becomes intrigued by and finally befriends a latecomer who turns out to be a Jew in hiding. Stark, emotionally charged memoir that refuses easy sentimentality and whose strong autobiographical resonance touched a chord with critics and audiences.
A MK2 release. A Nouvelles Éditions de Films/MK2 Productions/Stella Film/NEF co-production, with the support of Centre National du Cinéma, Sofica Investimage, Images Investissements, Sofica Créations; and the participation of RAI Uno. Starring Gaspard Manesse, Raphaël Fejtö; Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, Philippe Morier-Genoud, François Berléand, François Négret, Peter Fitz, Pascal Rivet, Benoît Henriet, Richard Leboeuf, Xavier Legrand, Arnaud Henriet, Jean-Sébastien Chauvin, Luc Étienne, Daniel Edinger, Marcel Bellot, Ami Flammer, Irène Jacob, Jean-Paul Dubarry, Jacqueline Staup, Jacqueline Paris. Directed and written by Louis Malle; director of photography (Éclair), Renato Berta; production designer, Willy Holt; costume designer, Corinne Jorry; film editor, Emmanuelle Castro.