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Richard Berry ...
Serge
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Mireille
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Félix
Jules-Angelo Bigarnet ...
Michel
Corentin Daumas ...
Éric
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Inspecteur Berthelier
Bruno Abraham-Kremer ...
Albert
Lucia Bensasson ...
Myriam
Arsène Mosca ...
L'épicier
Louison Bergman ...
Laurence
Malik Nait Djoudi ...
Farid (as Malik Naît Djoudi)
Juliette Lopes-Benites ...
Cécile
Ahmed Elkourachi ...
Ahmed (as Ahmed El Kourachi)
Karim Hocini ...
Mustapha
Marc Faure ...
Le juge Potter
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Like father,like son?
20 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Although based on the director's childhood memories,the movie looks like the thirties melodramas ,if we forget the Jews' traditions.The quality of the playing reinforces this feeling.

A Jewish family arrives in France where the father finds it hard to feed his family.He meets the local godfather who will be his evil genius: soon he' s part of his hold-up men gang and winds up in jail;the mother has to take care of her unfortunate family;her husband never talked up about his "activities".

Good sequences :

  • The little hideaway where the children keep their "treasures".




-The free-for-all in the apartment,during the projection of a movie showing Israel's willpower .

-The kiddish ceremony ,to the sound of Mike Brant's (the late singer who was himself a Jew) " Qui Pourra Me Dire?"

-The final runaway/godfather confrontation,as imagined by Michel,and then as it really happened .

Marco Carmel does not forget humor: he shows both sons hiding comics in their Torah ;the grandma in awe of teenage idol Mike Brant.

Richard Berry ,one of the greatest contemporary French actors is absolutely excellent as Serge ,a very ambiguous character:when the movie ends,it's almost impossible to tell whether he is a double- face villain or a "brother" who really wants to help his fellow man.

Gad Elmaleh is quite credible as this naive easily influenced man who really loves his family:note how the judge has no mercy (or so little) on the poor immigrant when he loses his mamma .

Let's not forget Yael Abecassis's restrained portrayal of the worthy mother (see how she reacts to Serge's words:"you're young and beautiful ,so you could make a lot of money".)

With a sense of decency,Marco Carmel shows how,abetted by Serge ,Michel could become his father without a sound .

An underrated movie,worth watching.


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