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Intriguing and disturbing novel brought to life.,
This review is from: Les Enfants Terribles  [DVD] (DVD)
Jean Cocteau's 1929 novel "les Enfants Terribles" is something something once read never forgotten. This film from 1949 with a screenplay by Cocteau who closely oversaw every aspect of the production brings the book to life Cocteau also narrates the voice over.
Siblings Elisabeth (Nicole Stephane) and Paul (Edouard Demithe) have a quasi incestuous relationship sleeping in the same bedroom, the aggressive Elisabeth constantly arguing with her brother, and sharing obsessive behaviour collecting useless "treasures" and sharing secrets.
They are later joined in this cluttered hothouse existence by Gerard (Jaques Bernard) and Agathe (Renee Cosima).
Cocteau draws us in to an unnatural but possible world of perverted adolescence, illuminated by the magic of his writing.