A timeless evocation of childhood innocence corrupted, René Clément’s mythical and heartbreakingly real Forbidden Games tells the story of a young girl orphaned by war and the farm boy she joins in a fantastical world of macabre play.
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On the surface an anti-war film, but it transcends the narrow anti-war tract; it is hardly about war at all, and this is what makes it durable. Instead the children act out rituals proscribed by society, and these rituals centre not on war per se, but on death and the attendant pain of letting go.
An utterly beautiful love story (even if between two children). Clément's construction of an innocent and pure infantile universe transcends clichéd anti-war sentiment, focusing not on underlying barbary but rather on the kindness within. The purity of this work has established it as one of the all-time greats.
Child psychology is fascinating in the way it employs fantasy and games to deny hard hitting reality and spawn happiness out of the blue; It's a futile and inconsequential past time to adults, but it's a reason for being to children. The film gets that, and closes on a sad note, perhaps advancing the notion that life is ultimately defined by loss and hardship
Dos secuencias: la primera y la última. Ambas desgarradoras por su crudeza. El resto de la trama, desde la vista adulta, un juego macabro. Desde la perspectiva de sus pequeños protagonistas, una cortesía a la muerte. La inocencia comienza a fraternizar con una etapa que es dura y es preciso mejor asimilarla. No se trata de cinismo, es pura humanidad.
Games in the time of war. Children try to handle this awful time in their very own way. Kinda creepy, kinda charming, but all in all, inevitably heartbreaking. It is a piece of a sad cinema. And there is so many strands in it...