Younger Audiences


How do children experience the murderous conflicts that adults wage? They see men and fathers leave, and women and mothers attempting to survive—if indeed they do not witness them dying. Cinema has often made heroes of children who dream of war as a means of getting them through the nightmare of their daily existence. Children are not only the victims of warfare but also reinvent it. The young heroes of Forbidden Games attempt to comprehend as best they can things that
are beyond their grasp. “Because these mysteries are beyond us, let us pretend that we have created them,” they might declare in Cocteau-esque fashion. In Hope and Glory, the hero witnesses his father leaving for the front line and must adapt to a world in which women take control and wage their own war. Children too, like those of Giovanni’s Island, can save the world, thanks to their innocence. It is through the air, as is often
the case in Miyazaki’s work, that children escape the gravity of a world that is not year theirs.




THE SECRET GAME (1952), by René Clément - France (from 6 years old)

HOPE AND GLORY (1987), by John Boorman - UK/USA 

THE WIND RISES (2013), by Hayao Miyazaki - Japan

PORCO ROSSO (1992), by Hayao Miyazaki - Japan

GIOVANNI'S ISLAND (2014), by Mizuho Nishikubo - Japan





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