Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)
Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (1987)

During the Nazi occupation of France, a young Catholic boarding-school student witnesses the courage of his teachers as they defy the anti-Semitic policies of the German forces, and quietly enroll Jewish children in their school using… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Louis Malle's autobiographical tale of a childhood spent in a WWII boarding school is a beautifully realized portrait of friendship and youth.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

In this frightening and beautiful film, a schoolboy must learn hard lessons early.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

If he'd made his childhood movie earlier in his career -- when he didn't have the sense to be so dispassionate -- it might have packed a meatier punch. Now it's just a deftly aimed poke.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of Louis Malle's most personal and significant films.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film's quiet integrity finally depends on his avoidance of heroic cliché and stylistic bombast, and on the unindulgent generosity extended towards his characters.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A schoolboy cannot be expected to understand how swiftly violence and evil can strike out and change everything.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Louis Malle, possibly at his best here. The drama is subtle but affecting.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a work that has the kind of simplicity, ease and density of detail that only a film maker in total command of his craft can bring off, and then only rarely.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

In this season of boyhood remembrances, Malle's is the most devastating -- an inspired elegy to little boys lost.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Malle's approach is perfectly suited to the subject -- not in the least because his deliberate pacing conveys a child's sense of time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Au Revoir Les Enfants by Louis Malle is 99% autobiographical and is regarded by Malle himself as the most important film he made. It's an entertaining… More
Cynthia S.
Oh you French sure know how to drag out a movie..yeesh! This was VERY slow paced, and uneventful, right up until the last 10 min. THEN it finally had some… More
paul oh
Its so simple yet so beautiful. The actors are convincing and bring the melancholy mood to a new level for late 80's cinema. A great french film that… More
Elvira B
<p>If you watch Au Revoir Les Enfants knowing that it is autobiographical, the experience is almost cathartic.</p> <p>The Holocaust has been… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Inspired by real events, a boarding school in World War II, France sets the stage where friendship is realized and youth is corrupted in Goodbye, Children.… More
Lanning : )
If you might be thinking that you've seen one too many movies about Hitler and the Nazi regime -- I'm sorry to hear that. That horror story never… More