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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Michel Dolle
... 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
... 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 ... Gouard, the Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 »

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Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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8 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Forbidden Games  »

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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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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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When Michel is teaching Paulette prayers, his father boxes his right ear which Michel starts to rub with his right hand. In the close up, Michel is rubbing his left ear with his left hand, and in the next distant shot he's again rubbing his right ear with his right hand. 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 Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988) See more »

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What Hollywood Cannot Do
27 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is very nearly a perfect film. There have been many films about children, but few are strong enough to allow for innocence and honesty to co-exist. Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games) makes no such compromises. Hollywood would have traded a happy (and phony) ending for poignancy. Beautiful cinematography.


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