Forbidden games

Forbidden games

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DVD - 2005 | French
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A timeless evocation of the loss of innocence, Rene Clement's devastating Forbidden games tells the story of a young orphan and her friend forced to fend for themselves in World War II France.


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Jun 13, 2016

Lovely movie. wrong title - how about The Secret. my only complaint is that the poor are depicted as total rubes...

May 28, 2016

Delicately observed with impeccable performances all around, director René Clément's wartime drama is one of the most moving films about children ever made and rightfully deserves its place on the list of "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" compiled by Steven Schneider. Shot through with moments of genuine warmth and rustic humour, Clément uses his small cast of characters to produce a film of unexpected depths. The two children (both amazing) studiously observe the rituals of death without really understanding it, much like the horrors of war playing out in the newspapers, and their concept of God is little more than baffling prayers and vague promises of Paradise. Meanwhile, the inanity of battle is reduced to a ridiculous ongoing feud between neighbours, a feud which culminates in a crazy graveside face-off. A beautiful film, touched by magic and a child-sized sadness.

Nov 17, 2015

With an intriguing title like "Forbidden Games", I certainly would have hoped that this 1952, foreign film would have proved to be a bit more interesting than it was.

This was one of those films that seemed to be specifically aimed at a mature, adult audience, yet its story was so intensely focused on the activities of 2 children that it repeatedly had me wondering what the hell the point was that director Rene Clement was trying to get across to me here.

Set in the year 1940 (during Germany's occupation of France in WW2) - Forbidden Games was not only some of the driest, mundane and unimaginative storytelling that I've seen in quite some time - But the incessant spotlight that its story shone onto the subject of religion seriously began to grate on my nerves like you wouldn't believe.

It truly amazes me that this nothing-of-a-movie actually won an Oscar for "Best Foreign Film" of that particular year.

rufus_red4 May 04, 2015

Beautiful and devastating. A classic masterpiece and perhaps the greatest film ever depicting the effects of war.

Jul 08, 2014

Heart-melting acting by five-year-old Brigitte Fossey. Story contour did not work for me, or would have five-star rating.


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