Forbidden Games [Criterion Collection]

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One of the first films to see the horrors of war through the eyes of children, Forbidden Games was a critical smash, winning prizes from the New York Film Critics, the British Academy, and the Venice Film Festival. Adapted by Francois Boyer, director Rene Clement, and two others from Boyer's novel, the story focuses on Paulette (Brigitte Fossey), a five-year-old refugee from Paris taken in by a peasant family after her parents are killed during a bombardment of a civilian convoy. Michel Dolle (Georges Pujouly), the family's 11-year-old son, becomes her best friend, and they create a cemetery in which Paulette's dog is interred, along with other animals and insects, some of whom the children kill themselves. The Dolle family is too busy feuding with the Gouards, their neighbors, to notice the absence of the children. Eventually, authorities locate Paulette and insist that she be placed in an orphanage for legal adoption. Unsentimental and yet heartbreaking, Forbidden Games demonstrates the strategies of children who witness war to deal with the constant presence of death. It's also a bitter condemnation of the selfishness of adults who could offer their charges more love and protection. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

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Release Date
6/16/09 
Studio
Criterion
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1 -- Pre-1954 Standard (4x3)
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 25 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Collection of new and archival interviews with director René Clément and actress Brigitte Fossey
  • Alternate opening and ending to the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • A new essay by film scholar Peter Matthews
Number of Discs
1

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