Au Revoir Les Enfants

Au Revoir Les Enfants

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This film is not currently scheduled to screen at New Park.

Louis Malle’s classic WW2 drama (most agree his best film) introduced by Mike Jennings, New Park’s Lead Trustee for Education, and followed by a Q&A.

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 enrol Jewish children in their school using assumed names. Malle creates an authentic mood of unspoken suspicions and everyday secrecy, drawing upon performances, decor, even nature itself to paint a wintry portrait of childhood on the brink of horrific discovery.

The film's quiet integrity finally depends on his avoidance of heroic cliché and stylistic bombast, and on the un-indulgent generosity extended towards his characters. The great Louis Malle based this movie on his rueful recollection of an event that happened at his own childhood boarding school during WWII.