Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits) Reviews

June 20, 2018
As an indictment of war it is unsurpassed. As a work of art it is a notable contribution.
January 9, 2018
The messages come easily; the movie is never hectoring or doleful. The director's touch is light, his eye for the ways of farm folk and of children is sharp, and his heart is soft.
September 15, 2017
Emotionally gripping and unsentimental, there is a reason this superb film has remained an important influence and icon in international cinema.
August 28, 2015
With its mixture of tones, its multiple plot focuses and its singular use of the virtuosity of Spanish guitarist Narciso Yepes on the soundtrack, it is very much its own film.
April 23, 2015
The movie is clearly not interested in sugarcoating or sentimentalizing WWII, even though Clment has every opportunity to do so.
April 22, 2015
[It] has gone from the exemplar of what expressive narrative filmmaking could be to something more elegiac: This is what it now rarely even dares aspire to.
April 19, 2009
Rene Clement's 1944 adaptation of Francois Boyer's novel is an exquisitely unsentimental movie about the corruptive effect of war on children.
September 4, 2008
The film has lost its initial power over time and now looks too contrived to be a masterpiece.
December 12, 2005
This touching film, winner of the Venice Festival award, draws us deeply into the secret world of haunted by death children, in post- WWII Europe where, among other "games," they build a cemetry for dead animals.
December 7, 2005
Perhaps not until Ponette in 1996 had another movie looked so closely at how death might be absorbed through the eyes of a small child.
December 4, 2005
It's difficult to fault a film that scrutinizes the veracity of childhood with such clarity.
November 23, 2005
powerful filmmaking in more ways than one, a story of innocence lost that you won't soon forget
April 3, 2004
November 20, 2003
Strange, compelling offbeat drama about a war orphan with a morbid fixation.
January 1, 2000