Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Forbidden Games (1952)
Forbidden Games surrounds itself with death. The two children who immediately find a deep friendship try to understand the world around them that is run by the adults. The meaning of life and death. The purpose of religion. Everything seems to be a giant contradiction. Or at least the way it is explained by the adults.
In my personal favorite scene we see the little boy being slapped around by his angry father. His father forces the boy to say his prayers but between each sentence the little boy mumbles, shit! Fuck! Asshole! under his breath. Moments later the boys older brother will die in bed and now he prays for real but is it out of faith or is it fear. There is all sorts of religious ideas going on in this movie and I suppose the viewer can take it in the direction they believe. I personally feel that Forbidden Games is a message on the contradiction of religion and its affect on children.
Fans of this movie should check out Come And See which I personally prefer over this 50's title. The two films have a lot in common but in my humble opinion Come And See is more relentless and more horrible and more touching. Still both films are well worth a watch.