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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.

Director:

René Clément

Writers:

François Boyer (novel), Jean Aurenche (dialogue) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Georges Poujouly ... Michel Dollé
Brigitte Fossey ... Paulette
Amédée Amédée ... Francis Gouard
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... Berthe Dollé
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... Une soeur de la Croix-Rouge
Suzanne Courtal Suzanne Courtal ... Madame Dollé - la mère
Lucien Hubert Lucien Hubert ... Joseph Dollé - le père
Jacques Marin ... Georges Dollé
Violette Monnier Violette Monnier ... Renée Dollé
Denise Péronne Denise Péronne ... Jeanne Gouard (as Denise Perronne)
Fernande Roy Fernande Roy ... L'autre fille Gouard
Louis Saintève Louis Saintève ... Le prêtre
André Wasley André Wasley ... Gouard - le voisin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Mérovée Marcel Mérovée ... Raymond Dollé (as Pierre Mérovée)
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Storyline

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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"Best Film of 1952" WINNER of the GRAND PRIZE at Venice Film Festival for its Touching Romance, Unusual Theme, Startling Drama. Directed by Rene Clement. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Games See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,287, 1 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,188, 3 May 2015
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Production Co:

Silver Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In Turkey, while the film was shown on TRT (national channel of Turkey), its broadcasting was suddenly cut. Instead, a TV program started to be shown. A few days later, it was revealed that the film was removed because of blasphemy. 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 »

Crazy Credits

There are two alternate opening credits:The main credit starts with a story book and a female hand opens the book to reveal the credits. The alternate still has the same book but this time we are introduced to the two main characters who are sitting by a lake. In this version, Michel's hand is turning the page and in between the scenes he tells Paulette that he's going to tell a story. See more »

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Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »

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Romance Anónimo
by Narciso Yepes
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2 January 2004 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

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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