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 (screen adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins. See more awards »

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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
Marcel Mérovée Marcel Mérovée ... Raymond Dollé (as Pierre Merovée)
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 ... Gouard - le voisin
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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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Comedy | Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Paulette's mother can be seen moving after she has supposedly been killed in the bombing. The movements are especially noticeable in the closeups. 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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Featured in A Story of Children and Film (2013) See more »

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What Hollywood Cannot Do
27 January 1999 | by Jack-151See 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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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:

$4,316, 26 April 2015

Gross USA:

$19,889

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,889
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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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