Sunday, September 25, 2011

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

Director: Louis Malle. Cast: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette. 110 min. Rated PG. France/West Germany/Italy. Drama/War.

The director's auto-biography, about two schoolchildren in occupied WWII France, who initially portray as discrete opposites, but are drawn closer together as they realize they share a life-threatening secret. Without showing a single drop of blood, Louis Malle illustrates with insidious subtlety how the horror of war shatters childhood innocence - a message clearly verbalized in the movie's title.

Trivia (from IMDb): Before becoming a famous movie-director, Quentin Tarantino worked in a video store, where he referred to this movie as "the reservoir film", because he couldn't pronounce the title. He combined this with Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs to produce the title Reservoir Dogs.

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