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a classic but slightly dated,
This review is from: Forbidden Games [ 1952 ]
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.