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Forbidden Games

Jeux Interdits
1952 / 86m - France
Drama, War
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A classic war drama. Not the most familiar title, but once you've gotten past the biggest classics, Forbidden Games is one of the first films that is bound to pop up. It has a reputation for having a young cast that delivers stellar performances, and for once, I can't really disagree.

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Paulette's parents die during a sudden air raid. It leaves her stranded, wandering around with her dead puppy, hoping to find a new home. That's when she bumps into Michel, a young boy who invites her to live with him and his family. The death of her dog inspires Paulette to starts a cemetery for animals.

Brigitte Fossey's performance is powerful indeed. The cinematography is solid too and the start, with her wandering around the countryside, looks very promising. Once she arrives at her new home, things settle down and the drama gets a little less interesting. It's a shame that the second half fizzles out, this would've worked better as a road movie.

Beauty and the Beast

La Belle et la Bête
1946 / 93m - France
Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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Purple Noon

Plein Soleil
1960 / 118m - France
Crime, Thriller
Purple Noon poster

One of Delon's first big roles and a story that's a spin-off from The Talented Mr. Ripley, there are your two main reasons a film like Purple Noon has somehow remained relevant after all these years. Other than that, it's just a very basic crime thriller that overstays its welcome and doesn't have too much on offer.

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Ripley is hired by the rich Mr. Greenleaf to call on his son Philippe in Italy and convince him to return home, in order to take over the family business. Philippe isn't very keen to return home, and Ripley falls in love with the lifestyle of his target. So much in fact that he devises a little plan to turn the tables.

The performances aren't great, the cinematography is rather plain, and two hours is way too long for a simple story like the one on display here. It's not that the film is utterly boring, just a bit too generic. It's not a film I'll fondly remember. If I remember it at all that is. Then again, there's not much that I found actively irritating, so there's at least that.