"3 Films by Louis Malle"
Directed by Louis Malle
Three semi-autobiographical coming-of-age films by
Louis Malle, a director who emerged from the French New Wave and went on to
amass a filmography of staggering breadth, depth, and feeling. Includes
Murmur of the Heart (1971, 118 mins.), an affectionate and controversial
portrait of a 14-year-old from a bourgeois home who develops complicated
feelings for his mother. Lacombe, Lucien (1974, 138 mins.) is a
brilliant, poetic work that tells of a French peasant, rejected by the
French resistance, who joins the Gestapo instead. Malle's devastating
depiction of the amorality of power inflamed French audiences. Finally,
Au Revoir les Enfants (1987, 101 mins.) tells the heartrending story of
a friendship between two schoolboys, one Jewish and the other Catholic,
during the Nazi occupation of France. 357 minutes.