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  • Actors: Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée
  • Directors: René Clément
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A2A79VG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Forbidden Games is a critically acclaimed 1952 French war film, directed by René Clément (Gervaise, And Hope To Die).

1940, Paulette (Brigitte Fossey), a young French girl is orphaned in a Nazi air attack during the battle of France. She is befriended by Michel (Georges Poujouly), the son of a poor farmer whose family take her in to their home to care for her. Together the two children forge a tight bond, attempting to come to terms with the realities of the death and destruction that surrounds them by creating their own reality, building their own small graveyard to bury dead animals they find. In this sealed universe they have created, Paulette and Michel live their experience and most wonderful love story.

“The French authorities hated it, but the film triumphed abroad and confirmed Clemént, originally a documentarist, as a director of compassion and brilliance.” ***** (Film4)

Special Features

• ‘Innocent Love Stories Under Occupation’ – Interview with Brigitte Fossey, Laurence Badie and Historian Denitza Bancheva
• Alternate opening and ending

Customer Reviews

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 20 Feb. 2007
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Also known under the french title "Jeux Interdits" this is a touching look at childhood innocence from Rene Clement.Brigitte Fossey is superb as little Paulette orphaned during WW2 who finds herself living with a farming family and forming a friendship with the youngest son Michel (Georges Poujouly). Together they hide from the traumas around them by building a animal cemetery.Beautifully realised - a little gem.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Graciela Syversen on 10 Aug. 2009
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This is a warm story about a tragedy, presented with charm and humour to alleviate the sadness and the despair of a hopeless situation. A group of people is attacked by planes while crossing a bridge somewhere in the country in France. A tiny girl becomes an orphan in a matter of a few minutes. She ends up being taken care of by a kind family of farmers. Temporarily, of course, since they do not know her and can't afford to keep her. The family's youngest son, only a few years older, becomes her protector and her best friend, and together they concoct an eerie and macabre game that ends up badly. The strong relation between the two children is described tenderly and accurately, but it is not meant to last. War and its consequences, well meant but indifferent authorities, separate suddenly these two children, possibly for ever. The end is heartbreaking. This is a very poetic film where delicate feelings abound. The acting of the two youngsters, Georges Poujouly and Brigitte Fossey is fresh and moving, and the description of a French country family during war is admirable. Rene Clement has achieved a masterpiece. A memorable film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J. Pitty on 27 Jun. 2012
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An utterly gruelling experience, I found this movie to be the essence of visual and emotional devastation. An ever-descending spiral from the horrific twitching of the dead puppy to the final echoing screams of Brigitte Fossey in the train station, there is no redemption here, merely death, distance and despair. The magnificent performances of the two child actors notwithstanding, this movie sits as some cinematic bookend, epitomising those films which could be considered the purest forms of the art. At the other end, invisible by their distance are those called entertainment.

Strangely enough perhaps I was reminded in some small way of Klaus Härö's magnificent 2005 movie, Den Bästa av Mödrar: a child's experiences in wartime, of separation, loss and helplessness in the face of arbitrary adult intervention. But whereas that movie gave some closure, some final acceptance of the random hand life deals, Jeux Interdits offers none. Not even a hint, it merely slams the door closed with brutal force and one is left to ponder the countless children who suffered this fate. C'est la guerre.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon Turner on 17 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
Check out the DVD Beaver site for the truth about the image presented in this Korean issue DVD. The film is simply wonderful, but not on this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 July 2012
Jeux Interdits is certainly touching and sad, but it is also undermined by a sentimentality that has the children using an adult intonation that isn't always convincing, while at other times sounding a bit cutesy. This is arguably a bit jarring given the awfulness of the situation it shows, namely an orphaned little girl being temporarily given shelter by a peasant family and forming a close friendship - a kind of proto-romance - with an older boy (they are about 5 and 10 respectively). It is made even more poignant by the family being kind but at the same time taking a matter-of-fact view, as if the tragedy of the little girl's plight somehow eludes them, even as they see one of their own sons die. There is also some slightly buffoonish humour thrown in that reminded me a bit of the Jacques Tati kind of goings-on. But at the same time the children's response to death is very imaginatively shown, both truthful and slightly macabre, and it is filmed in a lively style with evident feeling. The music played by Narciso Yepes is the only film score to rival The Godfather and The Third Man for familiarity, I would say, but is preferable to either, blending very well into the film.
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By Ann Jasper on 5 Mar. 2013
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I have seen this marvellous film several times over the years since it first came out in the fifties. It is my favourite film of all time so you can imagine how thrilled I was to find I could purchase it on DVD. Alas, you can imagine how disappointed I am that the DVD was faulty, packed up about one third of the way through, and I have had to return it. What do I do now? Amazon says they can't replace it.
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An inspiring story and a wonderful cast! I've watched it several times and will watch it again in the future!
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A wonderful film. Reminder of the futility of war if such is needed. Much to talk about afterwards. Mixed acting but the children are amazing.
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