With a career spanning over thirty years, Louis Malle was one of the giants of French cinema. After he burst onto the scene as one of the pioneers of the French New Wave with Lift To The Scaffold, Malle quickly achieved a reputation as a great director who was unafraid to embrace a wide array of subjects - many famously controversial. Working both in Hollywood and his native France, Malle imprinted his films with subtlety, intelligence and a sharp eye for the mores of human behaviour that set him apart from his contemporaries. This collection brings together classics from Malle's later career. Au Revoir Les Enfants, earning Malle a BAFTA for Best Director, and Lucien Lacombe are two very different tales about troubled youth set during the Second World War. Milou en Mai is a chamber comedy set against the backdrop of the 1968 Parisian uprisings and Le Souffle Au Coeur a taboo-breaking coming-of-age satire. Together with the dreamlike Black Moon, these films are proof that age did not dim Malle's humanism or commitment to experimentation.
Touching account of a wartime childhood
- Goodbye, Children review by Pete W
Unlike a previous reviewer, I felt that the performance of the two boys in the major roles was outstanding. The development of the relationship between them, from enemies to friends who share a dangerous secret, is very well handled. The film confronts but does not necessarily judge the reality of French collaboration with the Nazis.
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Malle's Late Classic.
- Goodbye, Children review by Steve Mason
Heartbreaking, devastating Louis Malle WWII story of Jewish children hidden from the Nazis in a Christian school. Sensitive and detailed film also lands all its big punches.
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Great direction average acting
- Goodbye, Children review by JD
The overall feel of the film is good. The stresses of the war, the difficult marriages, the very boisterous monastic school and the polarised views towards the Jews in France. The acting however, even from the adults, is unconvincing and uninteresting. The strength of this film is not, as advertised, with the perspective of childhood but of Semitism in France, for which I would recommend it.
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- Goodbye, Children review by Oli
It is a great film, really well directed, there's some really fascinating characters in this especially the 2 boys Julien and Jean, and it is just all in all a brilliant story. There are some fantastic memorable images throughout the film, and it breaks your heart. Loved it!