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Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones) Reviews

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½ May 3, 2008
The convergence of two very different minds, Cocteau and Melville make for a very unusaul and strangely compelling film about incestuous obsession that leads to tragedy.
April 28, 2008
Stylized epic with a little bit of hamming but a lot of soul: which is more Cocteau than Melville. Apparently after this Melville turned to film noir and wasn't an auteur anymore. Whateva!
April 5, 2008
only ever had a chance to see it once, I adore this story
½ April 5, 2008
A powerful film about the bond between a brother and sister.
½ March 12, 2008
Excellent film written by Jean Cocteau and directed by Jean Pierre Melville about a brother and sister who live in their own little world and can never really be separated from each other. A wonderful opening scenes sets the film up perfectly and the rest of the film is filled with a lot of great moments. It's a wonderful film about the relationship between a brother and sister. The scene where Paul recreates his bedroom is a thing of beauty. A wonderful film.
½ March 6, 2008
One of those films where the action surrounding its creation is more telling of the final product than anything else. The problem of having two seperate voices tell the same story at the same time in slightly different ways.
½ March 5, 2008
Les Enfants Terribles was a good film by Jean-Pierre Melville, however I feel that if it had had Jean Cocteau's masterous touch at direction and not just the screenplay I feel it would have been much better. The story is about sixteen year old Paul, played by Edouard Dermithe, a fragile boy who becomes bedridden after being hit by a snowball at school. He lives with his invalid mother and psychotic sister, Elisabeth (played by Nicole Stéphane), who looks after their mother. Not long after Paul becomes ill, their mother passes on and it is just the two of them. They bicker constantly, even when company is present (company mostly being Gerard, Paul's friend from school). After a large fight between Paul and Elisabeth, Elisabeth decides to go get a job modeling for Gerard's uncle's high-end clothing store. While modeling Elisabeth befriends fellow model Agathe (Renée Cosima) who moves in with Paul and Elisabeth. This upsets Paul greatly, as he feels Agathe is invading his space. Through this job of Elisabeth's she meets a rich American named Michael, who for some strange reason has fallen in love with her and they are to be married. Michael owns a large eighteen-room mansion, which pleases Paul greatly because it will get both Elisabeth and Agathe out of his home. Unfortunately, however, Michael is killed in an automobile accident directly after the wedding and not soon thereafter Agathe, Paul and Gerard all move in to the mansion with Elisabeth where all kinds of drama ensues thereafter. Les Enfants Terribles is worth watching, especially due to Cocteau's fantastic script and narration. Dermithe and Stéphane give outstanding performances as the siblings constantly at each other's throats, and Jacques Bernard (Gerard) and Renée Cosima are also superb. Worth watching for sure, I just wish Cocteau had directed. This is not a slight against Jean-Pierre Melville it is simply stating Jean Cocteau's mastery behind a camera. Overall 3.0/4 Stars Grade = B
March 4, 2008
Rewarding for film students, intellectual and artistic but sadly a bit of a drag. Well framed and edited to emphasise the disturbing and perverse nature of the relationship between the two main characters. A heavvy influence on French New Wave and clearly original when made. But this could have done with being a bit more watchable
½ March 2, 2008
A strange, sometimes beautiful movie that didn't quite "click" with me (even if the plot provides the basis for The Dreamers). Another viewing needed.
½ March 1, 2008
melville and cocteau always seemed like a bit of an odd pairing to me and while some of it is effective, for the most part this film falls flat. the climax would have been really interesting had the rest of the movie built to that moment but it didnt and so we are left to pick up the pieces. there is some great camera placement and other artistic choices but the 2 main characters are pretty hard to stomach, and im one who generally enjoys films with unlikable characters as long as they seem human.
February 27, 2008
Un peu de poivre !!!!!!!
February 18, 2008
This Melville/Cocteau collaboration has many redeeming qualities. The cinematography is beautiful and the stroy is disturbing yet oddly believable, and the world of the film is brilliantly crafted; however, I struggle to get past the terrible casting of the brother and sister and the overly predictable Shakespearesque twists/Lady MacBeth moment at the end. I would still say it is a film worth watching though.
February 16, 2008
Macabre is one way to describe this, a macabre masterpiece that strikes as one of the most beautiful movies on relationships, its obsesive and destructive nature. The way a dominant and subdued individual just slide and crash head-on. I loved this movie a lot, it brought out the brutality and the sublime nature of two people onto screen.
½ February 12, 2008
Eccentric siblings are a danger to themselves and others. This movie would have made more of an impression on me if I hadn't seen House of Yes a couple of years earlier.
½ February 5, 2008
should have been a great movie
½ February 4, 2008
A powerful film about the bond between a brother and sister.
January 15, 2008
Objectively, it is a good film, but on a personal level, it is too beautiful, airy and magical to have any real impact of the perverse relationship between brother and sister.
January 13, 2008
A very well made, intelligent film that unfortunately is a little too over the top at moments and the ending feels a little rushed. The acting is incredible, but this movie suffers from something that most french films suffer from, being absurdly, insanely french.
December 29, 2007
anyone that thinks that Cocteau is responsible for the movie is fooling themselves. It's totally Melville's movie.
December 19, 2007
The inspiration for Bertolucci's recent film The Dreamers (whose POE keep me from recommending it), this collaboration between the classy Jean-Pierre Melville and surrealist Jean Cocteau never really works. A brother and sister grow up rather close in Paris - probably too close. And when a third friend enters their little world, things start to fall apart. Really strong artistic elements, but this is the kind of film that makes you want to sit in the corner and cry. So maybe you should just skip it instead.
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