Au Revoir Les Enfants

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In Brief: Writer/director Louis Malle is perhaps best known for his strangely experimental My Dinner with Andre — and that's a shame, because he was a tremendously talented narrative filmmaker who didn't need gimmicks to make a great movie, even if that's all the casual moviegoing populace remembers about him. Potentially his most personal film, Malle's Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) is a beautiful portrait of childhood friendships, and a heart wrenching tragedy rooted in bigotry and ignorance. Based on a true story from Malle's early life, the film details a burgeoning friendship between two young boys at a French boarding school — with the added complication that it's 1944 and one of them is Jewish. Malle avoids easy heartstring tugging, capably crafting complex characters that are engagingly honest and believably flawed in this remarkably moving masterpiece.
Genre: Drama
Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Stanislas Carré de Malberg, Francine Racette, Gaspard Manesse, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Raphael Fejtö
Rated: PG

The Hendersonville Film Society will show Au Revoir Les Enfants on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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