The basic idea of the children’s graveyard and stealing adult signs is very interesting but none of the film came close to serving it. The morals of the film were embodied by the fact that they broke the puppy’s neck for their shitty movie and had it thrown into a river while it was still barely alive. Ends and means horribly awry. Detestable. Does nobody here remember Ivan’s Childhood?
The last sentence of my review of "Mandy" applies here as well, but in a very different way. This film is a stark contrast to Boorman's "Hope and Glory". How do children play when death surrounds them, and the adults can't stop it--or are the ones causing it? What happens to them when society breaks? Georges Poujouly and Brigitte Fossey shine as they show us. War is not healthy for children and other living things.
3-4. The big issue is lack of conflict, in spite of building tension and tense atmosphere. That being said, it works out to be an extremely intriguing microcosm, wherein children make burials a game, perhaps likening fearful adults to children playing games in a time of war. That in mind, the spiritual kindness between Michel and Paulette that goes beyond religious materiality also makes this special for its time.
A somewhat rocky start—a film about childhood during wartime that is neither horrific nor dream-like enough to match the best films on the subject. It finds its lovely pace when it finds its child's POV, the way that concepts like war, death, and religion seem abstract when you're little. So its triumph becomes that it's not just a war film about children, but for them—you could bring your own, and they'd be stirred.
I know it's wrong to be more compassionate to animals than to people, and that she's just a little kid stricken by horror who was only trying to make sense of her parent's unfair and sudden death, but it still made me glad to see the manipulative little b**ch getting what she deserved at the end.
Gloating over death? I know, I know. Objectively, this is a good film, a brilliant reflection about a broken childhood and there is a relation between the death of all living things. However, I'm not gonna accept this level of animal cruelty. I'm sorry but innocence is not about this kind of violence (especially when you are a child). This is excessively macabre. Even at war, death is not the answer to death.