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

 -  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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Michel Dolle
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Paulette
Amédée ...
Francis Gouard
Laurence Badie ...
Berthe Dolle
Madeleine Barbulée ...
Red Cross Nun (end of film)
Suzanne Courtal ...
Madame Dolle
Lucien Hubert ...
Dolle, the Father
Jacques Marin ...
Georges Dolle
Violette Monnier
Denise Péronne ...
Jeanne Gouard (as Denise Perronne)
Fernande Roy
Louis Saintève ...
Priest
André Wasley ...
Gouard, the Father
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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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8 December 1952 (USA)  »

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In a television interview ("Vivement Dimanche Prochain", France 2, 17 April 2005) Brigitte Fossey, who played the little Paulette, revealed that the film had originally been shot as a short, and then it was later decided to extend it into a feature film. Unfortunately she had lost her milk teeth and Georges Poujouly (who plays the boy Michel) had had his hair cut to play in Nous sommes tous des assassins (1952). So, in many scenes of the movie Paulette has false teeth and Michel is wearing a wig. See more »

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Father Dolle drinks the same glass of wine twice, or does not pour the second glass. The level of wine in the bottle does not appear to change. See more »

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Beautiful performances by the children
18 September 2000 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

A classic French foreign film, one of the best. A necessity for every foreign film lover's video library, along with Cinema Paradiso and Life Is Beautiful. This film haunts you and stays with you long after the film flashes its "finis". Part of this is due to the musical soundtrack, with its romantic guitar melodies, part of it has to do with the sadness of the storyline....the little girl's losing her parents and beloved dog early in the picture, but mostly the film lingers in your heart because of the outstanding performances by the child actors in this film, Georges Poujouly who plays Michel, and especially Brigitte Fossey as Paulette. Her little innocent face expresses all the horrors and trauma of war, what all the millions of children must have felt who were caught up in the barbarism of World War Two, when the security of a loving home was pulled out from under them. Never has the agony of a human being's suffering been so well captured on film, and I think Brigitte was all of six years old when she performed in this movie. A remarkable feat.


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