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Notes on Au revoir les enfants [Goodbye Children] (1987), Director Louis Malle French 169. Instructor: Professor Roger Celestin Au revoir les enfants is an autobiographical film on the growing friendship between two young boys during the time of the German occupation of France. Julien Quentin ( Gaspard Manesse ) and his brother go to a Catholic school in provincial France. There, Julien, who so far has not developed any serious friendship with anyone, becomes friends with a newly arrived boy, Jean Bonnet ( Raphael Fejtö ) Performer: Character: Gaspard Manesse Julien Quentin Raphael Fejtö Jean Bonnet / Jean Kippelstein Francine Racette Mme Quentin Philippe Morier- Genoud Père Jean François Berléand Père Michel François Négret Joseph Guideline questions for Au revoir les enfants :
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1. How does the film convey the concrete difficulties of life during the occupation? 2. The film portrays different reactions by individuals to the occupation. What are
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Unformatted text preview: some specific examples? 3. What role is played by religion? Do the religious figures in the film all react the same way to the occupation? 4. In what way does the film convey issues of class? 5. In what ways does the film reflect Vichy’s “national revolution”? 6. Are the “Jewish laws” in evidence in the film? 7. The interaction between Jean and Julien is very powerful. Give two examples the way in which the film shows the strength and drama of this interaction. 8. According to you, what is the most dramatic scene in the film? Why? 9. Does the film put in evidence any scenes of concrete, bloody violence? 10.At the center of the film, there is what can be called a “happy interlude” in which cinema plays a central role. Identify that scene and define the ways in which it works....
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