Based on a true instance from director Louis Malle's childhood.

Au Revoir Les Enfants depicts the friendship of French student Julien and Jean, a newcomer at their boarding school in a Nazi-occupied France. In the midst of everyday routine, Julien discovers that Jean is in fact, a Jew. Malle aptly paints a picture of French boarding school life and the way in which Julien and Jean must deal with the differences that will eventually keep them apart in a war-torn world.