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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins. See more awards »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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 The Dirties (2013) See more »

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Romance Anónimo
by Narciso Yepes
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Beautiful performances by the children
18 September 2000 | by overseer-3See all my reviews

A classic French foreign film, one of the best. A necessity for every foreign film lover's video library, along with Cinema Paradiso and Life Is Beautiful. This film haunts you and stays with you long after the film flashes its "finis". Part of this is due to the musical soundtrack, with its romantic guitar melodies, part of it has to do with the sadness of the storyline....the little girl's losing her parents and beloved dog early in the picture, but mostly the film lingers in your heart because of the outstanding performances by the child actors in this film, Georges Poujouly who plays Michel, and especially Brigitte Fossey as Paulette. Her little innocent face expresses all the horrors and trauma of war, what all the millions of children must have felt who were caught up in the barbarism of World War Two, when the security of a loving home was pulled out from under them. Never has the agony of a human being's suffering been so well captured on film, and I think Brigitte was all of six years old when she performed in this movie. A remarkable feat.


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