Au revoir les enfants (1987) is the semi-autobiographical tale of Julien, a young boy sent to a Catholic boarding school in rural France, where he befriends a sensitive kid with a big secret. The year being 1944, tensions are rife at school and Nazi patrols are a fact of life. From this simple premise Malle spins out a searingly tragic story of comradeship and inadvertent betrayal, which touches on his favourite theme of adolescent awakening. As the film makes clear, Julien is a stand-in for the young Malle, and the director’s private anguish spills out in this most intimate of films, which he waited for over four decades to make. As a review for Au Revoir Les Enfants predicted at the time, this would become one of the greatest films ever made about childhood. And, indeed, this is one of the best films in cinema in London this month. Essential watching.
|What||Au Revoir Les Enfants, BFI|
|Where||BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London, SE1 8XT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
27 Jan 15 – 28 Feb 15, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
|Website||Click here to go to the BFI's website for information.|