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Au revoir les enfants
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Au revoir les enfants

1987
Drama, War
1h 44m
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives... (imdb)
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70th
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A powerfully affecting film that slowly and gradually builds up to an ending that hits like a ton of bricks. One of the most accurate portrayals of adolescence ever captured, with a style as graceful and subtle as I've come to expect from Malle. His sense of composition is unmatched - the depth in his shots is really impressive.
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76th
74
A very strange precursor to The Devil's Backbone. Where are the damn ghosts?
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95th
90
Subtle, simple and exquisitely shot. Malle proves that simplicity can be as emotionally powerful as those big, epic, grand and "serious" dramas in the vibe of Schindler's List.
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97th
92
Despite some heavy themes Malle manages to keep things low key, keeping the film grounded in the mixed emotions of adolescence. It's a very effective strategy, drawing the viewer into the daily grind and light problems of the lead characters while keeping the heavy war setting as a strong yet seemingly distant backdrop.
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88th
83
As tired as I am of European features about WWII, this is a fresh and honest approach that doesn't sugarcoat the situation or make it excessively melodramatic. The children are very sympathetic, and even the film's "villain" acts in a way that is understandable.
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