Au Revoir Les Enfants [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [French] [1987]

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Special Features

  • Restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Renato Berta, with uncompressed monoaural soundtrack
  • Video interviews with Louis Malle biographer Pierre Billard and actress Candise Bergen, Malle's widow
  • Joseph: A character study, a profile of the provocative figure from Au revoir les enfants, created by filmmaker Guy Magen in 2005
  • The Immigrant, Charlie Chaplin's 1917 short comedy, featured in the film
  • Audio experts from a 1988 AFI interview with Malle
  • Original theatrical trailer and teaser


Au Revoir Les Enfants
Gaspard Manesse plays Julien, an 11-year-old Catholic boarding-school resident during the Nazi occupation of France. He is witness to the courage of his instructors, who defy the German's anti-Semitic policies and quietly enroll Jewish children into the school under assumed names. Manesse befriends Jean (Raphael Fejto), one of these "instant Catholics." The refugee children are betrayed by a hostile ex-employee of the school, forcing Julien once more to be a bystander to history as Jean and the teachers are arrested. For this return to the French film industry after several years in the US, Louis Malle purged himself of his own bitter memories of life under the thumbs of the Nazis. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Gaspard Manesse
    Gaspard Manesse - Julien Quentin
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    Francine Racette - Mme. Quentin
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    Philippe Morier-Genoud - Father Jean
  • François Berléand
    François Berléand - Father Michel
  • François Négret
    François Négret - Joseph
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