Lunchtime Movie Review

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

Episode #77

Orion Classics released Goodbye, Children to theaters on February 12, 1988. Louis Malle directs the film which stars Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, and Francine Racette.

Au Revoir Les Enfants Movie Summary

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) was written and directed by Louis Malle.  This is a sad story from his childhood.

Our story takes place in January 1944, and the setting is a monastery and provincial boarding school for boys near Fountainebleau, France.  The school is a rather gloomy, old and dark place; the younger students sleep on iron frame beds in a room set up like a barracks. However, the school’s priests provide the students with patience, warmth and normalcy during a time where nothing is normal.

The headmaster of the school is Father Jean, who must make do with wartime rations of crappy food and insufficient heat for the boys,  all while managing to placate their wealthy parents. We soon learn that Father Jean is also providing a clandestine sanctuary for three Jewish boys.  Father Jean is truly a man of God.  Aside from protecting Jewish boys from the Gestapo, he provides a lecherous French gimp named Joseph a job in the school’s kitchen.  Joseph rewards Father Jean’s charity by giving the boys pornography in exchange for jam.

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    1. This podcast was actually recorded before we had MHM. Lunchtime Movie Review comes from our old site of the same name that we had started back in 2011.

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