Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner ... See full summary »
This is the continuation of the Old Man and the child, the little boy now old enough to serve: 21 years old. A friend claims to be able to boost him in the air force so that he stays in ... See full summary »
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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
"The Two of Us" ("Le vieil homme et l'enfant") was director Claude Berri's first full-length film. See more »
When Claude joins a wooden-sword fight while the Langmann family is living in Dijon, a flag containing a swastika is hanging from a building in the background (at 0:08:51 on the Cohen Film Collection BD; at 0:09:01 on the Criterion Collection DVD). Most viewers would assume that the only swastika flag allowed to be flown on dry land in German occupied France would be the German national flag (1920-1945) containing (on both sides) a right-facing swastika rotated to a 45 degree angle from vertical on a white circle in a red background. The flag shown in the film has a left facing swastika whose arms are aligned with vertical and horizontal. See more »
Based, I believe, on Claude Berri's Personal Story
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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