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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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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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In spite of her starring as an early child, Brigitte Fossey has stated later she would never recommend this film to a very young audience. See more »

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The poor parents are killed by a Focke-Wulf 190. This kind of plane didn't exist at the moment of the "battle of France" in May and June 1940. See more »

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wonderful!
1 December 2003 | by (Nis, Serbia) – See all my reviews

Never has the world of adults seemed so utterly stupid, brutal and senseless than through the eyes of two innocent children who have to deal with pain, loss, death and war. And yet, the film is gentle, subtle, inobtrusive in its portrayal of the grown-up's follies, and refreshingly unsentimental about presenting the pain and beauty of childhood.

A masterpiece.

Few other titles come to mind in which child actors have so much to bear, and they manage it effortlessly & unforgettably.

[The only thing that bothers me is the too convincing 'acting' of the dead /?/ dog...]


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