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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
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I am incapable of writing reams about films I admire because words do no justice to the magic they conjure.
FORBIDDEN GAMES left me speechless when I first saw it two decades ago.
It is ABOUT two French children, a peasant boy, a Parisian girl, who become close friends as World War 2 ravages Europe.
The film LOOKS at the way warfare effects the innocent and transforms one's view of death.
Director Rene Clement sets the story in a rural village and peoples his story with some of the most authentic characters ever to tred the silver screen. He employs humour, horror and humanism to tell his story and solicits an incredible performance from moppet Brigitte Fossey.
It's a tearjerker, too, it's emotionally delicate, and it's perfectly manipulated drama -- all good drama is.
Its power is its apparent simplicity.
A love letter to cinema that is also one of the greatest and most haunting war movies ever made.
The imagery and the heart-rending music score will remain with you forever.
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