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Les Enfants Terribles (Criterion Collection) (1950)

Cast: Nicole Stephane, Nicole Stephane, Edouard Dermit, more...
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Pierre Melville
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Coming of Age , Classic Drama, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 105 min.
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Synopsis
Adapted by Jean Cocteau from his own novel and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, Les Enfants Terribles is set in motion when a sensitive youth, Paul (Edouard Dermit), is injured by a snowball flung by school bully Dargelos (Renée Cosima, an actress in male drag). The bully later reappears in the form of a young girl, Agathe (played again by Cosima), with whom Paul becomes infatuated. This arouses the displeasure of Paul's sister, Elisabeth (Nicole Stephane), who also harbors a carnal desire for her brother. Elisabeth arranges to destroy Paul's romance, forcing Agathe to marry another. The sister gets her comeuppance in a perversely indirect fashion at the hands of the male bully Dargelos. This film was completed in 1952, but not released in the U.S. until 1975. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



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