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The Two of Us (1967)

Le vieil homme et l'enfant (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 19 February 1968 (USA)
Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country. Pepe, the husband, is a Petain supporter... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Pépé
Roger Carel ...
Victor
Paul Préboist ...
Maxime
Luce Fabiole ...
Mémé
Aline Bertrand ...
Raymonde
Sylvine Delannoy ...
Suzanne
Zorica Lozic ...
Madame Langmann
Jacqueline Rouillard ...
L'institutrice
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Le curé
Denise Péron ...
(as Denise Peron)
Elisabeth Rey ...
La petite Dinou (as La petite Elisabeth Rey)
Didier Perret ...
Le petit frère de Dinou (as Le petit Didier Perret)
Kinou ...
Le chien (as Le chien Kinou)
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Claude Langmann
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Monsieur Langmann
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Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country. Pepe, the husband, is a Petain supporter and a anti-Semite, but he does not know about Claude's religion. The film is the story of their growing mutual affection. Written by Yepok

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Comedy | Drama

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19 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,400 (USA) (27 May 2005)

Gross:

$50,710 (USA) (11 September 2005)
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1.66 : 1
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French censorship visa #32.286 See more »

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Featured in Le fantôme d'Henri Langlois (2004) See more »

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Vive le pinard
Lyrics by Louis Bousquet
Music by Georges Picquet
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Based, I believe, on Claude Berri's Personal Story
10 December 2005 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

This tale of a young Jewish boy sent into the French country side to avoid the possibility/likelihood of a round up of Jews by the Vichy Government parallels Claude Berri's personal experience, I believe. It says at the very beginning of the film that it is an experience seen in retrospect from the vantage point of the child. So, while it is sentimentalized as another commenter wrote on this site, that's what one might expect from a grown up looking back at the adventures of his eight or nine year old self. This is definitely NOT a straight forward narrative from an uninvolved scriptwriter/director. The "Grandfather" with whom the child is lodged hates Jews. He claims to be able to recognize them by their smell, their hooked noses, etc. The role of the Grandfather is brilliantly executed by Michel Simon. Filmed in the sixties in black and white, it still appears occasionally at Jewish film festivals under the title "The Two of Us." While you may despise the Grandfather's bigotry, he's also portrayed as loving toward the boy and lovable. The connection between the Grandfather and the boy, portrayed by Alain Cohen, is actually quite touching. A brief scene at the very end seems to indicate that the boy was reunited with his parents after the war but it passes by so quickly that I'd have to see it again in a stop frame to be sure that the faces of the parents are real and not imagined. Not a great movie, but definitely worth seeing.


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