Paulette is a young French girl who finds herself suddenly an orphan as the Germans take over the country, an airstrike killing her mother, father and beloved dog instantly. She is taken in by 11-year-old Michel Dolle and his family at their countryside home, and the two children soon find themselves embarking on a deep friendship. Michel helps Paulette bury her pet, though the latter is concerned about him being lonely and so they create their very own pet cemetary in a disturbing game, marking graves with crosses stolen from a nearby graveyard. It isn't long before it is discovered that a theft has taken place and the children must hide from the furious adults, when what started out as a game becomes ever more serious.
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Jonathan Demme remade Charade in 2002 as The Truth About Charlie, starring Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton. I haven't seen Charlie and though I've enjoyed Demme's past work, I'm in no rush to see it. The casting confuses the hell out of me. Wahlberg either gives you befuddled naivety, which he's now too old for, or reserved cool, which comes across as sheer boredom. Just check out The Italian Job. And when did Thandie Newton become the heir to Audrey Hepburn? Was I out sick that day?
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