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Au Revoir Les Enfants
[1987]
by JULIE Date Added: Monday 06 March, 2017
Just because a film is set in a Catholic boarding school doesn't make it good viewing for Catholics. Regrettably, I couldn't make it past the first half hour (and had to force myself to watch that much.)

I can't believe it's rated PG. In addition to adult themes (wet sheets—don't ask) this film is very subtly anti-Catholic. While the priest headmaster reads the Eucharistic passage from the Gospel of John at Mass ("Unless you eat My flesh and drink My blood, etc.") one of the boys comically faints, apparently because he finds this so revolting. In another scene, one of the boys is reading aloud during mealtime from a "Lives of the Saints" type book, and they all have a good laugh over St. Simon Stylites.

The Jewish character is the only boy portrayed in a positive fashion—all of the Catholic boys are presented as crude and cruel—and the priest headmaster, although well-meaning, is weak and ineffective.

I also note that writer, producer, and director Louis Malle (how ironic of a surname) is apparently the one whose 1958 movie "The Lovers" was the cause of the U.S. Supreme Court's obscenity ruling in 1964.

Perhaps the rest of the film redeems the first part, but this movie is definitely not for families with ladies present.

Better yet, the owners should consider removing it from their catalog altogether.

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars! [1 of 5 Stars!]
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