Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones)
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Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones)
Adapted by Jean Cocteau from his own novel and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, Les Enfants Terribles is set in motion when a sensitive youth, Paul (Edouard Dermit), is injured by a snowball flung by school bully Dargelos (Renée Cosima, an actress in male drag). The bully later reappears in the form of a young girl, Agathe (played again by Cosima), with whom Paul becomes infatuated. This arouses the displeasure of Paul's sister, Elisabeth (Nicole Stephane), who also harbors a carnal desire for her brother. Elisabeth arranges to destroy Paul's romance, forcing Agathe to marry another.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jean Cocteau has written the pic and delivers the commentary, which creates a gripping, dream-like attraction."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The tension is between heightened whimsy and its vérité settings, or, more specifically, between Jean Cocteau's writing (an adaptation of his 1929 novel) and Jean-Pierre Melville's direction."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"French cinema legends Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean Cocteau collaborated to cast a hypnotic spell."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Unfortunately, the film's more poetic visual tendencies are frequently undermined by the unnecessary narration written and performed by Cocteau himself, which informs us of emotions and psychological states that are mostly evident on-screen."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The film also unmistakably bears Cocteau's stamp, and he even directed one scene (at the beach) when Melville fell ill."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Les Enfants Terribles is very much a fantasy, an accumulation of suggestive, slightly obscure visual details, offset somewhat by Cocteau's too-literary, over-explicit narration."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"One must admire the talents of Melville and Cocteau while watching the film, but the strongest emotions are arch and the biggest plot turns are silly."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"A fascinating collaboration between two of French cinema's great talents which, in its strange atmosphere, poetic dialogue and creepy tone, has lost none of its ability to shock or compel."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
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