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.
French dialogue with optional English subtitles.
Based on the 1929 novel "Les enfants terribles" by Jean Cocteau.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1950.
Special features: Audio commentary by writer, film critic, and journalist Gilbert Adair; interviews with producer Carole Weisweiller, actors Nicole Stéphane and Jacques Bernard, and assistant director Claude Pinoteau; "Around Jean Cocteau" (2003), a short video by filmmaker Noèl Simsolo discussing Cocteau and Melville's creative relationship; theatrical trailer; gallery of behind-the-scenes stills; a booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Indiana, a tribute by Stéphane, an excerpt from Rui Nogueira's "Melville on Melville" and drawings by Cocteau.
Cinematography, Henri Decaè ; editor, Monique Bonnot, Nicole Stéphane, Renée Cosima ; direction musicale, Paul Bonneau; costume designer, Christian Dior.
Nicole Stephane, Edouard Dermithe, Renée Cosima, Jacques Bernard, Roger Gaillard, Maurice Revel, Adeline Aucoc.
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