Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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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.

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adolescence, apartment, attraction, beach, brother, bully, criminal, death, France, friendship, hitman, incest, love, mother, relationship, school, self-destruction, sex, sibling, sister, teenagers, tragic-love, wealth