1940, Paulette (Brigitte Fossey), a young French girl, is orphaned in a Nazi air attack during the battle of France. She is befriended by Michel (Georges Poujouly), the son of a poor farmer whose family take her in to their home to care for her. Together the two children forge a tight bond, attempting to come to terms with the realities of the death and destruction that surrounds them by creating their own reality, building their own small graveyard to bury dead animals they find. In this sealed universe they have created, Paulette and Michel experience their first and most wonderful love story.
Classic, bitter-sweet tragi-comedy - one of the best films ever made
- Forbidden Games review by PV
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You rated this film: 5
This film is a classic and fully deserved its Oscar in 1952.
The script is superb, with family feud subplots mirroring the conflict all around, as is the acting. The multi-faceted story is driven by character - and how characters psychologies cope - against the awful backdrop of the war. But perhaps this film is mostly about class - and how a middle class little girl from Paris fares in a French peasant family.
The music too is excellent ('La Source', I think).
This film is far better than most French films today, for sure! The same child actor (the boy) starred in Les Diaboliques, another Gallic classic.
One thing that stands out these days: the treatment of children by their parents in this movie would probably count as child abuse today, though - which shows how silly our culture has become rather than how brutal they were 60 or 70 years ago!
And the ending (which I won't spoil) wouldn't be done today, especially in Hollywood, which follows the boring template of structure for every single movie.
But this is a real classic, and if you haven't yet seen it, you're in for a real treat. 5 stars.
Rural by pace and atmosphere
- Forbidden Games review by JD
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You rated this film: 4
The central theme of this film is death. First the death of the parents of the 4ish year old girl and then the 6ish year old boy's brother and then several animals.The setting is a remote, very rural, slightly backward, French farmhouse in the 2nd world war. It doesn't sound great but it is a really emotional journey from the point of perspective of young children. I have not scored it higher because of the acting, the children which while being excellent for their ages is only fair and the adults again is only fair.