Forbidden Games

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When her parents are killed by an air strike while trying to flee Paris during the German invasion, 5-year-old Paulette (Brigitte Fossey) wanders into the French countryside, where she encounters 11-year-old peasant boy Michel (Georges Poujouly). read more
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When her parents are killed by an air strike while trying to flee Paris during the German invasion, 5-year-old Paulette (Brigitte Fossey) wanders into the French countryside, where she encounters 11-year-old peasant boy Michel (Georges Poujouly). And as they build a special, secret friendship, the adults play their own games of buffoonish peasant feuds. A masterpiece of French post-war cinema by director René Clément (Purple Noon), with a haunting hit score played by guitar virtuoso Narciso Yepes, the ultimately beautiful, hilarious and disturbing Games won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival — and then became a worldwide art house smash, eventually winning a Grand Prix at Cannes, the Best Foreign Film Award from the New York Film Critics Circle, and Clément’s second Best Foreign Film Oscar winner. Fossey (“in a performance that rips the heart out” – New York Times) is a star of French films to this day. This new restoration from Rialto Pictures features an all-new translation and subtitles.

Original Release

05/09/1952

US Release

12/08/1952

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Cast

Brigitte Fossey Paulette
Georges Poujouly Michel Dolle / Michel Dollé
Amédée Francis Gouard
Laurence Badie Berthe Dolle / Berthe Dollé
Suzanne Courtal Madame Dolle / Madame Dollé - la mère
Lucien Hubert Joseph Dollé - le père / Monsieur Dolle
Madeleine Barbulée Une soeur de la Croix-Rouge / Red Cross Nun
Jacques Marin Georges Dolle / Georges Dollé
Denise Péronne Jeanne Gouard
Louis Saintève Le prêtre
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

René Clément

Writers

Pierre Bost, René Clément, Jean Aurenche, François Boyer

Cast

Brigitte Fossey Paulette
Georges Poujouly Michel Dolle / Michel Dollé
Amédée Francis Gouard
Laurence Badie Berthe Dolle / Berthe Dollé
Suzanne Courtal Madame Dolle / Madame Dollé - la mère
Lucien Hubert Joseph Dollé - le père / Monsieur Dolle
Madeleine Barbulée Une soeur de la Croix-Rouge / Red Cross Nun
Jacques Marin Georges Dolle / Georges Dollé
Denise Péronne Jeanne Gouard
Louis Saintève Le prêtre
Violette Monnier Renée Dollé
Fernande Roy L'autre fille Gouard
André Wasley Gouard - le voisin
Pierre Merovée Raymond Dolle
Marcel Mérovée Raymond Dollé
André Enard Le premier gendarme
Marcelle Feuillade La mère de Paulette
Roger Fossey Le père de Paulette
Louis Herbert Petit rôle
Bernard Musson Le deuxième gendarme

Producers

Editors

Roger Dwyre

1955 Oscar Best Writing, Motion Picture Story Nominated
1953 Oscar Won
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