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784 Ratings

Les enfants terribles

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France, 1950


Tale of the wholly unholy relationship between a brother and sister, Elisabeth and Paul, who close themselves off from the world by playing an increasingly intense series of mind games. Jealousy and a malevolent undercurrent intrude on their fantasy when Elisabeth invites Agathe to stay with them.

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Les enfants terribles Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Critics reviews

The performative aspect of the game is underlined when Gerard, Paul and Elisabeth return from the holiday and are back in the siblings’ bedroom. Melville audaciously presents the scene as if the room is literally on a stage, with rows of empty seats and stage lights visible.
July 26, 2020
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Melville engineers remarkable solutions for filming the protagonists’s bedrooms. His pans and overhead shots, for instance, are never merely descriptive: introduced at the least expected moment, they always enhance the emotional and dramatic dimension of a charged space. Long before the blooming of the teen movie as a genre, Melville already instinctively grasped the cinematic potential of this intimate location of the bedroom.
March 10, 2015
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