Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games)
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One of the first films to see the horrors of war through the eyes of children, Forbidden Games was a critical smash, winning prizes from the New York Film Critics, the British Academy, and the Venice Film Festival. Adapted by Francois Boyer, director Rene Clement, and two others from Boyer's novel, the story focuses on Paulette (Brigitte Fossey), a five-year-old refugee from Paris taken in by a peasant family after her parents are killed during a bombardment of a civilian convoy. Michel Dolle (Georges Pujouly), the family's 11-year-old son, becomes her best friend, and they create a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rene Clement's 1944 adaptation of Francois Boyer's novel is an exquisitely unsentimental movie about the corruptive effect of war on children."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Perhaps not until Ponette in 1996 had another movie looked so closely at how death might be absorbed through the eyes of a small child."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Strange, compelling offbeat drama about a war orphan with a morbid fixation."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film has lost its initial power over time and now looks too contrived to be a masterpiece."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's difficult to fault a film that scrutinizes the veracity of childhood with such clarity."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"This touching film, winner of the Venice Festival award, draws us deeply into the secret world of haunted by death children, in post- WWII Europe where, among other "games," they build a cemetry for dead animals."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"powerful filmmaking in more ways than one, a story of innocence lost that you won't soon forget"
‑ Christopher Null,
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