Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits)
Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits) (1952)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 8, 1952
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter Goodman
New York Times

The messages come easily; the movie is never hectoring or doleful. The director's touch is light, his eye for the ways of farm folk and of children is sharp, and his heart is soft.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

[It] has gone from the exemplar of what expressive narrative filmmaking could be to something more elegiac: This is what it now rarely even dares aspire to.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film has lost its initial power over time and now looks too contrived to be a masterpiece.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

With its mixture of tones, its multiple plot focuses and its singular use of the virtuosity of Spanish guitarist Narciso Yepes on the soundtrack, it is very much its own film.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Emotionally gripping and unsentimental, there is a reason this superb film has remained an important influence and icon in international cinema.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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David Ehrlich
Time Out

The movie is clearly not interested in sugarcoating or sentimentalizing WWII, even though Clément has every opportunity to do so.

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Cole Smithey

Rene Clement's 1944 adaptation of Francois Boyer's novel is an exquisitely unsentimental movie about the corruptive effect of war on children.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Two children bond over creating a pet cemetery during WWII. The first fifteen minutes of this film are more effective than most blood-and-guts, modern-day war… More
Stella Dallas
the description didn't prepare me for the amount of humor in the film. after a harrowing opening sequence, it follows a somewhat comical farm family in… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Forbidden Games tells of a girl orphaned by war who met a boy from a peasant family. He loves her. She loves him. Theirs is not just a story of young… More
Randy Tippy
Director Rene Clement wanted to cast an eight or nine year old girl for the part of Paulette because he thought that anyone younger wouldn't be able to… More
Robert C
As I've said before stories with children in major roles are always a gamble for me. Rare is the child who comes across as believable, especially in… More
Tim Sigur
Very sweet but at the same time very depressing.