Sunday 18th November ’18 at 2:30pm
1972 (12) B&W 86mins (drama/war)
In June 1940 five-year old Paulette loses her parents in an air-raid fleeing the Battle of Paris. She meets Michel, whose peasant family take her in and the two quickly become firm friends. They attempt to cope with the death and destruction that surrounds them by secretly building a small cemetery for animals, marking their graves with crosses stolen from a local graveyard. In the end Gendarmes escort Paulette to a Red Cross camp. The film is noted for the guitar music played by Narciso Yepes.
Venice Film Festival 1952: Golden Lion, BAFTA 1954: Best film from any source, Blue Ribbon 1954: Best Foreign Language Film.