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Children's Play (2001)

Un jeu d'enfants (original title)
Content with two children in an upper class French marriage, a woman finds herself faced with visions of rape, violence and the supernatural. Her husband, a successful businessman also ... See full summary »


Laurent Tuel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karin Viard ... Marianne Fauvel
Charles Berling ... Jacques Fauvel
Ludivine Sagnier ... Daphnée
Camille Vatel Camille Vatel ... Aude Fauvel
Alexandre Bongibault Alexandre Bongibault ... Julien Fauvel
Aurélien Recoing ... Inspecteur Mayens
Manuela Gourary Manuela Gourary ... Madame Worms
Pierre Julien Pierre Julien ... Monsieur Worms
Idwig Stephane Idwig Stephane ... Le Patron
Jean-Claude Perrin Jean-Claude Perrin ... L'Archiviste
Gérard Dauzat Gérard Dauzat ... L'Ophtalmo
Daniel Isoppo Daniel Isoppo ... Le Médecin (as Daniel Issopo)
Ahmed Guedayia Ahmed Guedayia ... Le Livreur
Hervé Colombel Hervé Colombel ... Réparateur 1 (as Hervé 'Axel' Colombel)
Martin Amic Martin Amic ... Réparateur 2


Content with two children in an upper class French marriage, a woman finds herself faced with visions of rape, violence and the supernatural. Her husband, a successful businessman also starts experiencing hallucinations in which he often ends up physically hurt. Their babysitter hangs herself and the children begin acting strangely, their sadistic behavior arousing suspicion. It becomes apparent that the children's bodies have been possessed/inhabited by two dirty, old people. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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French | English

Release Date:

20 June 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Child's Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France


Box Office


FRF 7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A kind of restrained fear
28 October 2003 | by pifasSee all my reviews

I'm obliged to say that the best thing in this movie is the oppressive feel of something terrible coming ahead. Even if you know the event already, 'cause the director warns you from the beginning about it, in most of the times you can't help but sense a kind of a danger, a fear that you don´t see but you do feel. On the other hand, the bad thing in Un jeu... fall on the screenplay, that is sometimes incoherent, and it's pace is rather slow. Also it's atmosphere doesn't help much in setting a scenario for originality because as we watch it, never ceases to give strong reminders of films as The innocents, The others and even the mexican one El libro de piedra (The book of stone). And alright, there´s no gore but I don't think the plot need it; if this films succeeds in anything, is in creating a malevolent space and it is precisely where the family moves: their luxurious flat.

Of course it has some flaws but all in all hits right on the target on it's proposal for a psychological fear. Why does happen what it happens? Because there's evil in the air since the old brothers came in for a glimpse at their old home. It's what set everything for what's coming (or what happened; it depends). And I think is fair with itself in this matter and the portrait of child corruption, in the killing of all innocence, hence the name. Nevertheless, this movie is good beyond just an experience for accomplish a wider range of foreign horror cinema. It may not have the best of thrills, but neither is wasted time nor money.

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