#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In 1944, upper class boy Julien Quentin and his brother François travel to Catholic boarding school in the countryside after vacations. Julien is a leader and good student and when the new student Jean Bonnet arrives in the school, they have friction in their relationship. However, Julien learns to respect Jean and discovers that he is Jewish and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. They become best friends and Julien keeps the secret. When the priest Jean discovers that the servant Joseph is stealing supplies from the school to sell in the black market, he fires the youth. Sooner the Gestapo arrives at school to investigate the students and the priests that run and work in the boarding school.
Plot: Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening.
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Lived-in feeling gives sad film great depth
The movie was a project close to Louis Malle’s heart (he was in tears when the film premiered at a film festival in 1987) and it shows in the multi-layered treatment he gives the central setting, this fascinating boarding school with its broad cast of characters. Because there are so many different strands and affecting moments tangential to the central plot, one is not entirely prepared for the finale even if you are expecting it. French film is characteristically digressive, often to a fault, but here it works to splendid advantage. It also lends itself to repeat viewings.
I don’t think you need to have lived in occupied Europe to appreciate this wonderful film; it speaks to all of us who have lived through childhood’s quickly-passing parade and know its lifelong regrets. That last image of the stone wall is emblazoned in many consciousnesses, as it is in mine.
There are many interesting choices Malle makes in this film. For example, while the central subject is the Holocaust, nearly all the Germans we actually see in the film are fairly decent if nonetheless menacing types. The real villains here are almost entirely French collaborators, which was done I think to call attention to collaboration during a period when the French were dealing with the Klaus Barbie trial. [Barbie was a Gestapo officer who was aided in his work rooting out Resistance leaders by many French collaborators.] But casting French people as the heavies also suggests the central evil of prejudice and oppression is not something exclusive to one nationality, and it broadens the scope of the movie.
The tender treatment Malle affords the Catholic hierarchy in the movie is unusual, too, when you see other more anti-clerical Malle efforts like “Murmur of the Heart.” There is an unexpected sense of spirituality throughout this film, somewhat muted but there all the same.
This may well stand as the cinematic masterpiece of a man who, at his best (see also “Atlantic City” and “My Dinner With Andre”) was to motion pictures what his countrymen Zola and Hugo were to novels: An artist who filled his canvas with the verve and breadth of human life.
Powerful and moving
”Au Revoir Les Enfants” is a very touching film about two children in a French boarding school who form a bond and share a dangerous secret. The film reflects the director’s childhood life, Louis Malle, who as a kid witnessed three Jewish children and a priest being deported to Auschwitz during his stay in a boarding school. Deeply moving and realistic, ”Au Revoir Les Enfants” is a film about friendship which challenges the viewer’s emotions.
Malle directs the film with great care and makes sure that his characters go through their emotional journey without revealing themselves instantly. This gives great realism to the film as well as to its actors’ performances. At 104 minutes, the film takes its time but by the end, we have witnessed an entire voyage of two children who despite their initial conflicts, come together and unveil their sensitive sides as children. Malle’s direction does all that and the result is a film that doesn’t force the audience to shed a tear like a melodrama rather than just tell us a powerful true story of bondage with realism.
Being a film where most of the characters are children, it would be very difficult to drain amazing performances from the leads. However, Louis Malle’s meticulous direction allows the film to have a great emotional impact on the audience while guiding his young actors through the story. The two young protagonists (Gaspard Manesse, Raphaël Fejtö) give very natural performances which contribute very nicely to the film. They do not try to show off but they gradually expose themselves to the emotions and situations they find themselves in. What makes the children’s performances so effective is that they portray authenticity . Their performances are raw and honest (At the end of the film, Manesse’s performance leaves a very strong mark as he watches his best friend leaving with the Gestapo and waves at him while tearing silently, knowing that he will never see him again).
The film features no musical score (other than the children playing the piano in some parts of the film) but it proves not to be a weakness to the film’s powerful story. Louis Malle’s script is carefully written, clever and poignant.
If you are into films with a good, simple and moving story along with great performances, this is a recommend French classic that even after 26 years since its initial release, evokes strong emotions to its audience.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Drama, War
Director Louis Malle
Writer Louis Malle, Louis Malle (scenario)
Actors Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg
Country France, West Germany, Italy
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 11 nominations.
Production Company NEF Filmproduktion, Nouvelles Éditions de Films (NEF), Stella Film, MK2 Productions
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm