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754 Ratings

Les enfants terribles

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France, 1950


Jean Cocteau and Jean-Pierre Melville joined forces for this adaptation of Cocteau’s wicked novel about the wholly unholy relationship between a brother and sister, Elisabeth and Paul, who close themselves off from the world by playing an increasingly intense series of mind games.

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Les enfants terribles Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Critics reviews

Melville engineers remarkable solutions for filming the protagonists’s bedrooms. His pans and overhead shots, for instance, are never merely descriptive: introduced at the least expected moment, they always enhance the emotional and dramatic dimension of a charged space. Long before the blooming of the teen movie as a genre, Melville already instinctively grasped the cinematic potential of this intimate location of the bedroom.
March 10, 2015
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