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Au Revoir Les Enfants

  Au Revoir Les Enfants  Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
8.54 /10
Gaspard Manesse , Raphael Fejto , Francine Racette
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Directed by: Louis Malle
Written by: Louis Malle

Released: 1988
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: France
Colour: C
Length: 103

A small boy (Gaspard Manesse) befriends another (Raphael Fejto) but betrays him.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Louis Malle's richly observed, semi-autobiographical film about growing up in Nazi-occupied France. Some may find the plot thin and lacking in surprise, and the pace is unduly slow; but this must still rank as one of the great rites-of-passage movies for its realistic, unsentimental view of childhood. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the London Critics' Circle award as Foreign Language Film of the Year.

"I reinvented the past in the pursuit of a haunting and timeless truth."

(Louis Malle)

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