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Au Revoir Les Enfants and La Lengua de la Mariposa The films Goodbye, Children and The Butterfly's Tongue both revolve around the relationships between friends

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Au Revoir Les Enfants and La Lengua de la Mariposa The films Goodbye, Children and The Butterfly's Tongue both revolve around the relationships between friends and between student and teacher. Both films skillfully showed how each relationship developed and blossomed and how each abruptly and sadly ended with betrayal. However, the gravity and the context of the betrayal differ in both films. In Julien's case, his betrayal was unintentional. Perhaps his glance was more out of curiosity and concern for his friend, Jean, not knowing how a split-second glance can eventually lead to his friend's death. However, for me, Moncho was more accountable in his betrayal. Though he probably didn't fully understand the political situation yet, the fact that he hurled not just accusations, but also stones towards his teacher and friend, shows that it was indeed intentional even if it wasn't really how he felt. ...read more.

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The title alludes to the fact that even if most of the characters in the film were children, they had to grow up faster because of the war. The title probably refers to a farewell to childhood that the characters had to experience. Though they were experiencing normal childhood experiences such as making fun of the new kid in class or sharing guilty pleasures after dark and the like, these experiences came with their experience of war and disorder in the country. It came with thoughts of death, hatred, racism and all other negative things related to wars, which is a far cry from what a child normally worries about. Their situation has forced them to gain responsibility and deal with life and death at an early age, something that is significantly different from the innocent and carefree characteristics of childhood. ...read more.

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It showed how children, no matter how innocent they may be, are forced to become involved in the war, forced to become sacrificial lambs even if they have nothing to do with it. In contrast with the fast-paced Hollywood movies, European films progress in a gradual manner that allows the viewer to appreciate the significance of each and every scene. There are no stereotypical characters or clich�d storylines, European films depict life as it is and show people as they are. There are no mindless special effects to simply fill time or to distract the viewer from the story. It simply relies on a story grounded in reality, on characters that viewers can identify with and on simply cinematography that touches its audience not only visually but through the heart as well. ...read more.

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