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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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