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.
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.
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.
I have never forgotten this film. It is haunting and original. I am so happy to find it here and will wait. Just recalling the last scene sends chills through me. I watch many films and this one is always on my mind (seen a decade ago now). Time to see it again!
It is for me the most devastating anti-war classic, and remains as my favorite movie by far. In dramatic terms, it is a fairly simple story with minimalist and direct shots, yet with a very special glow. The acting of the main characters is deeply touchinga nd truly unforgettable. The love between the two children is almost too pure and simple to be believed - unless u can remember being a child...
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