Directed by: Louis Malle
Staring: Raphael Fejto & Gaspard Manesse
Set in the German occupied south of France during World War 2 the film, reflecting Louis Malle’s own childhood, is a deeply heartfelt experience.
Six months before D-Day a boy Jean is taken in to a Catholic boarding school and the other boys there are asked to show him kindness. A close friendship develops between Jean and another boy called Julien. Key characters’ attitudes and actions reveal the divisions in French society of the time. The ending is quiet, understated and shattering. One of the best films of the occupation, one of the best French films of all time and one of the best films about childhood ever made. This is a rare chance to see this classic.