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Forbidden Games (1952)
"Jeux interdits" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, War  |  8 December 1952 (USA)
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A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death.

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Laurence Badie ...
Berthe Dolle
Madeleine Barbulée ...
Red Cross Nun (end of film)
Suzanne Courtal ...
Lucien Hubert ...
Dolle, the Father
Jacques Marin ...
Georges Dolle
Violette Monnier ...
Dolle's Youngest Daughter
Denise Péronne ...
Jeanne Gouard (as Denise Perronne)
Fernande Roy ...
Gouard's Other Daughter
Louis Saintève ...
Priest
André Wasley ...
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Marcel Mérovée ...
Raymond Dollé (as Pierre Mérovée)
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A girl of perhaps five or six is orphaned in an air raid while fleeing a French city with her parents early in World War II. She is befriended by a pre-adolescent peasant boy after she wandered away from the other refugees, and is taken in for a few weeks by his family. The children become fast friends, and the film follows their attempt to assimilate the deaths they both face, and the religious rituals surrounding those deaths, through the construction of a cemetery for all sorts of animals. Child-like and adult activity are frequently at cross-purposes, however. Written by Doug Shafer <dsshafer@uncc.edu>

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War...and how it affects the lives of our children

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Adorably Good
19 September 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I just saw a crappy copy of this movie, and it was still amazing despite the scratchy, shakiness of the screen. This director certainly possesses the ability to see directly from a child's perspective. The two children in this movie, Michel and little Paulette, couldn't give a s**t about anything outside their own realm. Michel lives to impress Paulette, and Paulette lives to make her dead dog less lonely. One-track minds? Yes, because this movie is about two children and their friendship. Never do Michel and Paulette submit to the pressures of responsibility or authority. The pet cemetery they slowly build throughout the movie is their passion, and no adult is going to get in their way. Anyways, my point is, this movie commits itself to portraying children in their true form. 10/10 baby.


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