Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Recent Criterion release: Au Revoir, Les Enfants

I've wanted to see this film for a long time, but haven't managed to do so. Have always been curious how the Jewish-Christian themes play themselves out. New on Criterion, available at Videomatica.

Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss between two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening.

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