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Monsieur Batignole (2002)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  6 March 2002 (France)
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In 1942, in an occupied Paris, the apolitical grocer Edmond Batignole lives with his wife and daughter in a small apartment in the building of his grocery. When his future son-in-law and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jules Sitruk ...
Simon Bernstein
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Edmond Batignole
Michèle Garcia ...
Marguerite Batignole (as Michele Garcia)
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Pierre-Jean Lamour
Alexia Portal ...
Micheline Batignole
Violette Blanckaert ...
Sarah Cohen
Daphné Baiwir ...
Guila Cohen (as Daphne Baiwir)
Götz Burger ...
SS Col. Spreich
Elisabeth Commelin ...
Irène
Hubert Saint-Macary ...
Gendarmerie lieutenant
Daniel Martin ...
Brigadier Albert
Nadine Spinoza ...
Rachel Bernstein
Damien Jouillerot ...
Martin
Philippe du Janerand ...
Administrateur
Marie-Gaëlle Cals ...
Edwige
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In 1942, in an occupied Paris, the apolitical grocer Edmond Batignole lives with his wife and daughter in a small apartment in the building of his grocery. When his future son-in-law and collaborator of the German Pierre-Jean Lamour calls the Nazis to arrest the Jewish Bernstein family, they move to the confiscated apartment. Some days later, the young Simon Bernstein escapes from the Germans and comes to his former home. When Batignole finds him, he feels sorry for the boy and lodges him, hiding Simon from Pierre-Jean and also from his wife. Later, two cousins of Simon meet him in the cellar of the grocery. When Pierre-Jean finds the children, Batignole decides to travel with the children to Switzerland. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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6 March 2002 (France)  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,872,045 (France) (25 January 2002)

Gross:

$6,463,671 (Europe) (22 March 2002)
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When Pierre-Jean threatens Edmond with the cleaver, the blade is vertical in shots from the front but is horizontal in shots from behind Edmond. See more »

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Performed by Georges Milton
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Very enjoyable and light approach to a heavy subject
19 March 2002 | by (france) – See all my reviews

Though a very heavy subject, Monsieur Batignole approaches the French collaboration and attempts of two Jewish families to escape war-time Paris in an enjoyable manner that is so common of Jugnot.

Jugnot plays one of his typical likeable characters who doesn't want to get involved, but finds himself nonetheless thrown in with three Jewish children as they attempt to escape to Switzerland. Jean-Paul Rouve also does a fabulous job of acting, making you hate him just for playing his character.

Well seasoned with humor, recognition and turning points, this is definitely a good film to see and perhaps even learn a lesson from.


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