Pierre (Hardy Krüger) is a former military pilot psychologically devastated by a wartime experience. Isolated, Pierre begins to perk up when he befriends a 12-year-old urchin (Patricia Gozzi) abandoned by her father. But problems arise when their relationship is misconstrued. Set in a Parisian suburb, director Serge Bourguignon’s compassionate drama won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Serge Bourguignon (born 3 September 1928) is a French film director and screenwriter. His film Sundays and Cybele won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1962. —Wikipedia
The best performance by a child. Gozzi's charm is a mixture between a little girl who loves playing and sort of a mature woman. On her dreams, she wants to give it all for Krueger. He, in response, becomes childish, forgetting memories of war, being an adult. Everything happens smoothly, as if they we're in a universe of their own, and everyone: a young boy, the nuns, Courcel and some others, conspirate against it.