Sensitive, sensible and honest. Based on The director's own childhood experiences, the movie provides an insightful look at the dinamics inside an all boys boarding school in France on the apotheosis of WWII; not only an entertaining and moving film but also a different look at how the war affects innocent people of all ages.
The leads are great, specially Burt Reynolds in one pf his final roles. The story is good even if it goes a bit downwards towards the middle of the film. Its not bad but the only scene that stuck with me was the opening scene of Sarandon bathing herself in lemons. It's Malle's most awarded american movie despite not being one of his best's.