Josette Day and Jean Marais in a still from 'Les Parents Terribles' (1948)
Josette Day and Jean Marais in a still from 'Les Parents Terribles' (1948)
Les Parents Terribles (1948)

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Les Parents Terribles

Jean Cocteau | France | | Unclassified (15+)
Film

Described by Time Out as a “gut-wrenching tale of emotional rivalries” and by the Guardian as an “Oedipal farce”, Cocteau’s claustrophobic adaptation of his own play invites a wide spectrum of responses.

Five characters, two sets, astonishing close-ups and metronomically precise editing highlight the story of a young man (Jean Marais) who finds himself battling both his parents (Yvonne de Bray and Marcel André), each for vastly different reasons, when he announces that he’s fallen in love. Gabrielle Dorziat and Josette Day round out the ensemble of heightened, stylised performances.

Format: Black and White, 35mm
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: TF1
Duration: 105 mins

When

Duration

105 mins

Rating

Unclassified (15+)

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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