Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jeux interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952)

Forbidden Games
is one of the most heart-wrenching films I have ever watched and I'll admit that it made me cry more than once, but it also had some humorous scenes, so it wasn't entirely depressing. It's about a young French girl, Paulette, who becomes an orphan after a Nazi air attack kills her family. After wandering away from the scene of attack, Paulette meets a young peasant boy, Michel, in the forest while he is chasing after a cow. Michel notices that Paulette is crying and asks what has happened, so she tells him, and he decides that he will take her to live with him and his family. The two children become close friends and together they try to cope with and understand the meaning of death.

This film reminds me of Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) (1948). Both have some of the most believable and emotional displays of child acting that I have ever seen. Also, both are similar in the way that they end. If you've seen both of these films, I think you will recognize the similarities, but I'm not going to go into much detail because I don't want to ruin the ending for those who haven't seen either of these films yet.  


Clara Fercovic said...

You've picked my interest, Kalli, I'll have to check this one soon! Thanks for sharing :)

Valerie Troutman said...

One of my first foreign films and definitely a tearjerker.

Kalli said...

Clara: Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like the movie once you get around to seeing it.

Jump Raven: It's such a great movie!

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