Jean Delannoy – Les Jeux sont faits AKA The Chips Are Down (1947)

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Synopsis
Eve Charlier is poisoned by her husband, an unscrupulous state official, so that he can marry her younger sister. At the same moment that she dies, a political agitator, Pierre Dumaine is shot dead by a police informer on the eve of an uprising against the state. Eve and Pierre meet up in the afterlife, where they can observe the world of the living but cannot alter anything. When they appear to fall in love, they are allowed to return to the land of the living for one more day. If they can prove that they love each other sincerely, they will be permitted to live out the rest of their lives together. Otherwise…
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Jean Delannoy – Les Amitiés Particulières AKA This Special Friendship (1964) (DVD)

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Synopsis
In the 1930s, Georges de Sarre, a fifteen-year old boy from an aristocratic background, begins his studies in a Jesuit boarding school. He strikes up an immediate friendship with a fellow student of his own age, Lucien. On discovering that Lucien already has a close relationship with another boy, André, Georges contrives to get the latter expelled from the school. Georges then notices Alexandre, a boy who is some years younger than himself, and is struck by his purity and beauty. To Georges’s delight, Alexandre enjoys his company, and the two boys become good friends. They exchange love poems and meet in secret; they can hardly bear to be apart. When one of the priests is on the brink of uncovering the nature of his relationship with Alexandre, Georges manages to get him dismissed for “inappropriate involvement” with his boys. Free from the fear of discovery, Georges and Alexandre pursue their perfect friendship, growing ever closer. But for how long can this idyll continue…? Continue reading