Les enfants terribles

Les enfants terribles

DVD - 2007 | French
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Elisabeth is very protective of her teenage brother Paul, who has been injured in a snowball fight at school and has to rest in bed most of the time. The siblings are inseparable, living in the same room, fighting, playing secret games, and rarely leaving the house. Paul's friend, Gerard, often drops by to stay with them. One day Elisabeth brings home Agathe to live with them. She bears a strong resemblance to Dargelos, a schoolboy whom Paul had a crush on and the same boy who injured him. Paul and Agathe become attracted to each other, causing Elizabeth to be very jealous.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2007
ISBN: 9781934121702
1934121703
Branch Call Number: French DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in + 1 booklet (27 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)

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Froster Oct 07, 2014

Attenuated and irrelevant talk, talk, talk...or, if you don't speak French, read, read, read. Jean Cocteau's self-conscious poetry married to Melville's flat realism makes a film that's claustrophic and more than a bit twee. We are constantly told (by Cocteau himself, who does the narration) how magical the protagonist duo are, but they just come off bratty, testy and tedious. And as is usual with Cocteau, the homoerotic content is glossed over with transfigurative nonsense and high-mindedness. With a script this ennervating, it is quite beyond me how the phrase "enfant terrible" came to have a positive meaning.

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