Les Enfants terribles
Melville’s meticulous adaptation of Cocteau’s novel about siblings retreating into a private world of erotically charged games.
Nicole Stéphane, Edouard Dhermitte, Jacques Bernard, Renée Cosima
France 1949. 117min
Melville was something of a hero to the Nouvelle vague – Godard cast him in Breathless – and Truffaut, like many, admired this adaptation of Cocteau’s novel for its fidelity, the serenity and strength of the direction, and the excellence of the performances. It concerns the fraught relationship between a young woman and her sickly brother who retreat into a private realm where jealousy and insecurity are rife.
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