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Forbidden Games

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Original title
Jeux interdits (Forbidden Games)
Running time
86 min.
France France
François Boyer, Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, René Clément (Novel: François Boyer)
Narciso Yepes
Robert Juillard (B&W)
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Silver Films
Drama. War | II World War. Childhood
Synopsis / Plot
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.
1954: Nominated for Oscar: Best Story
1952: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1952: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
1952: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion
1952: BAFTA Awards: Best Film
1952: National Board of Review: Top Best Foreign Films
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