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
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.
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...
That little girl carrying around her dead dog! It short circuits my emotional repression mechanism. Sad stuff, this.
a beautifully complex view of children and the way we each place our own moral compass on what we are dealt.
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!