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Provides the screenplay of Louis Malle's film about the friendship between a young Catholic boy and his Jewish friend, who is sent off to the Nazi death camps. ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Gallimard Education (first published 1987)
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Laura لاورا
Pour ne pas oublier…
(recensione del gennaio 2015)

Francia, 1944, durante l’occupazione tedesca.
In un collegio cattolico trovano rifugio, sotto falsa identità e grazie all’interessamento del direttore, tre ragazzini ebrei; a uno di questi, Jean, si lega d’amicizia con il dodicenne Julien che scoprirà a poco a poco la reale condizione dell’altro. Gli echi del conflitto si fanno inevitabilmente sempre più vicini e assordanti, tuttavia la vita dei ragazzi prosegue là dentro tra lo studio e tutto ciò
Sarah Dorothea
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-school
4 out of 5 stars! ⭐️ Une très belle histoire d’une amitié de deux garçons sous l’Occupation en France. Le récit est rédigé d’une manière extrêmement réaliste. Le livre m’a beaucoup touché, c’est sûr!

Ce dont le livre parle: Le film se déroule durant l'hiver 1943-1944, dans une France occupée. Julien qui a 12 ans, fils d'une famille bourgeoise, est pensionnaire au petit collège Saint Jean de la Croix, tenu par les pères carmes. Il retrouve le chemin de l'école sans joie après les vacances de No
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
absolutely gorgeous movie about how emnimity can become friendship, which can become love.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not implying that the two main characters are secretly lovers or in love with each other.
What I mean is that they form a strong connection, like brothers,that is beautiful to watch.
everyone talks about the end of the movie, but my favorite part of the movie was the way the relationship between Jean and Julien grows.
Fantastic movie to watch, good screenplay as well.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About ten years ago, this was my introduction to Louis Malle. It was subtle, tragic with just the right amount of comedy, beautifully done. And having the privilege of finding and reading its screenplay offered me the chance to realize that an excellent movie starts with excellent writing. This was written perfectly enough that I picture little direction having been needed. Just as moving to read as it was to watch.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful text about friendship and tolerance despite the war and persecution surrounding the characters. This text is extremely moving because at times it can be innocent and light-hearted while at other times it is absolutely heartbreaking. I would definitely recommend this text and the film that this is the screenplay for.
The Cute Little Brown-haired girl
This was "suggested reading" when I took French in high school I absolutely loved this story. Well written and beautifully discribed. Though I needed an English/French dictionary at my side and it took a good month to get through it, I absolutely loved it. If you need a "boost" to want to read it, it is out on DVD. If you read French, you shouldn't miss this one. ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adore this film and I needed to read the script because I'm studying it! The story is so heartbreaking but it's a beautiful portrayal of childhood and friendship as well.

EDIT 5/01/2021

I think I enjoy this more and more each time I read it - it really is a beautiful, albeit sad, story.
Annelies Van Oost
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Verplichte kost voor het vak Frans. Moest ik niet zo gestresseerd zijn omdat het examenstof was, zou ik er wel van genoten hebben, meen ik me te herinneren.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: masterpiece
Au Revoir les Enfants, written and directed by Louis Malle

This is an arresting, monumental film, one of the best ever made, with a worthwhile, remarkable, unforgettable narrative about the ordeal suffered by the Jewish people and those who tried to help them, at the hands of the Gestapo and the Nazis, during the awful period of World War II.

In the first scene, Madame Quentin is at the railway station with her two sons, the elder Francois and one of the heroes of this motion picture, the younger
Unforgettable play based on the Catholic author's own childhood experiences and brief friendship with a Jewish boy temporarily housed @ his boarding school. All too short, piercing and piercingly insightful into the depths of the human heart, plumbing its best and worst.

Can be read in a single, long sitting. Parental discretion advised before just giving to youth, but the reality presented is young boys as they are; no sugar coating.

Anne Lydolf
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic and beautiful, yet tragic and emotional story about friendship and the horrors of world war 2. An amazing read.
Bianca Brio
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stupendo. Sono un'amante dei libri, ma non ho mai apprezzato che mi venissero imposte delle letture non scelte da me. La mia professoressa di lettere me lo ha fatto leggere un'estate ed è stato uno dei pochissimi libri "forzati" dalla scuola che mi è davvero piaciuto. Assolutamente da leggere. La fine commovente, la storia scorrevole e toccante. ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did not read the full book because this was for a class so my teacher just sent us PDF files of most of the pages but what I did read was pretty good and the message and themes in the story were very powerful.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
PS. Yeah i'm aware ive been absent oops maybe ill update you all later toodles
Dec 10, 2020 added it
am I putting this on goodreads because I'm behind on my reading goal and the year is almost over? yes. yes I am. BUT I DID READ IT FOR SCHOOL SO..... ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: french
Don't read it in public: I cried for three hours straight when I finished it! ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Read this for my french class in original language, so I didn't really understand everything sometimes but regardless I still understood the basic concepts and I could orient myself around what was going on. It was a really informative read, it was nice to get an insight into the lives of French people during the Second World War, and knowing that this book is based on a real story got me even more involved into it. The ending broke my heart, but I am so glad I got to read this book. I have the ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sceneggiatura dell'omonimo film presentato da Louis Malle alla Mostra del Cinema di Venezia del 1987, il testo può erroneamente apparire scarno per coloro che non abbiano visto il film; in realtà si rivela uno strumento prezioso per approfondire la fruizione del film stesso, specie se si intende apprezzarlo in lingua originale.
Nonostante le scarse competenze nell'ambito della critica cinematografica posso affermare con sicurezza che Arrivederci ragazzi si dimostra immediatamente essere un'opera
Beyond Words
J'aime la perspective de l'enfant pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale. Cela nous montre des personnes catholiques et d'autres qui sont juifs. Il y avait plusieurs circonstances qui est arrivé. Ce n'est pas le meilleur, mais c'est bon. ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
That ending though...

This is one of the most heart-wrenching books I have ever read. It's up there with The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

I normally don’t like books for school, especially if they're in French like this one, but I absolutely adored this. It was a bit slow at first, but as it progressed you really learned to love the characters, especially Julien and Bonnet.

I loved how accurately this novel portrayed friendship. Julien and Bonnet's relationship didn't seem forced
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this/watched the film as part of my French A Level, and I can honestly say I loved every minute. It's powerful, stunningly written, and absolutely heartbreaking. The relationship between Julian and Jean is so beautiful and yet so tragic.

Even if you don't understand French I'd still highly recommend you watch the movie with subtitles - although do keep some tissues handy!
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: français
Ça fait des années que ce livre poirotte sur mon étagère car j'ai jugé le livre selon la personne qui me l'a donné suis très contente de l'avoir lu aujourd'hui, malgré le fait que ce soit triste, comme c'est basé sur de vraies incidents. C'est simple, bien écrit et émouvante. Par contre, suis-je la seule à y trouver des échos des Choristes? ...more
Alexandra Roos
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of my favourite books about sad stories and war! It's not if I would like these topics, but I admire the way this book illustrates and treats this topic, just different then all the other ones. I highly recommend the film too. ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very moving screen play. The film is also incredibly sad and anger inducing once the action starts taking place. If you do not read French I highly recommend watching the film with subtitles, but only if you are in the mood for a film that will make you cry at the end. A great read.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: with-school
Oh my god
No words. I just...
It was beautiful. Short and sweet and nothing hurts you more than watching that happen to young people. The friendships and relationships were just so true and so strong... I loved it.
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: french
This book was so sad and so powerful. It was a real demonstarion of what people endured and why such things should never happen again. The characters felt real, flawed and far from perfect but the sort of characters you could care about. A brilliant piece of work.
Lady Minya
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: french, play, reviewed
Au Revoir, Les Enfants est une histoire à propos l'amitié entre deux garçons pendant le deuxième guerre mondiale. Il est bien écrit et une histoire touchante. ...more
Emily Rose
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Très triste, mais un bon livre.
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Louis Malle was an Academy Award nominated French film director, working in both French and English.

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