Forbidden Games

In 1940, as refugees flee the Germans, an orphaned five-year-old girl and the young son of a peasant family who takes her in, build a cemetery for animals, stealing crosses from the churchyard to do so. Clement's direct and simple approach and the wonderfully natural performances he obtained from the young Poujouly (discovered at a camp for deprived children) and Fossey (who returned to film as an adult) make for a moving document on the effects of war on children. It is topped and tailed by two justly famous sequences-the column of refugees being strafed by Nazi planes and the final crane shot revealing the little girl in a sea of displaced persons. Clement's notorious eclecticism can surely never have been so marked within a single film as in this all-purpose allegory, anti-war tract and nourish morality.
France
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1952

Director
René Clément

Script
Aurenche
Pierre Bost

Cinematography
Robert Juillard

Editing
Roger Dwyre

Cast
Amedee
Brigitte Fossey
Georges Poujouly
Jacques Marin
Laurence Badie

Music
Narcisco Yepes

Awards
Best Film Venice 1952
Best Foreign Film Oscar 1952
Cannes 1952
Grand Prize
New York Film Critics Award 1952

Festivals
2nd Festival on Wheels
War and Resistance