Allons Z’Enfants (1981)


In 1935, at the age of 13, Simon Chalumot is enrolled in a military school by his father.


This is a coming of age drama adapted from the 1952 Yves Gibeau novel of the same title. A young anti-militarist is forcibly sent to military school by his father. He’s a bookish pacifist who endures being bullied by his superiors all throughout school, not out of weakness rather out of strength to deny violence it’s coveted reciprocity. On the eve of his much anticipated graduation day, Word War II ensues and swaps out the freedom he earned for the brutality of its first front lines. An original score by French composer Phillipe Sarde with photography directed by Yves Boisset sets the atmosphere of 1932 in France.


  • Lucas Belvaux … Simon Chalumot.
  • Jean Carmet … L’adjudant Chalumot.
  • Jean-Pierre Aumont … Commandant Félix.
  • Jean-François Stévenin … Sergent Billotet.
  • Jacques Denis … Brizoulet.
  • Eve Cotton … Soeur Béatrice.
  • Daniel Mesguich … Capitaine Mourre.
  • Jean-Pol Dubois … Capitaine des Aubelles.
  • Jean-Claude Dreyfus … Capitaine Maryla.
  • Jean-Marc Thibault … Pradier.
  • Jean-Pierre Kalfon … Commandant de la Mazardière.
  • Serge Moati … Le professeur de français.
  • Jacques Zanetti … Lieutenant Bargueloni.
  • Jacques Debary … Camparois.
  • Roger Riffard … Oncle Claudius.
  • Henri Poirier … Le député.
  • Bernard Bloch … Adjudant Viellard.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Yves Boisset.
  • Producer(s):
  • Writer(s):
    • Yves Boisset.
    • Yves Gibeau … (novel).
    • Jacques Kirsner.
  • Music:
    • Philippe Sarde.
  • Cinematography:
    • Pierre-William Glenn.
  • Editor(s):
    • Albert Jurgenson.
  • Production:
  • Distributor(s):
    • AMLF (1983) (France) (theatrical).
  • Release Date: 04 March 1981.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 118 minutes.
  • Country: France.
  • Language: French.

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