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Au Revoir Les Enfants (12A)

Biography, Drama, War

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

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The critical consensus

Louis Malle, possibly at his best here. The drama is subtle but affecting.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 26/01/2015

This is a minor classic – suitably moving yet discreet.

****(*)Tony McKibbin, The List, 26/01/2015

Every line, every scene, every shot, is composed with mastery. It has to be seen.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/01/2015

Not the director’s best work, but far, far from being his worst either.

****(*)Wally Hammond, Little White Lies, 29/01/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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