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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)
In Nazi-occupied France, a Jewish child is sent away from his family and conceals his religious affiliation from the anti-Semitic elderly man that takes care of him.

Director:

Claude Berri

Writers:

Claude Berri (scenario and dialogue), Gérard Brach (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Simon ... Pépé Dupont
Roger Carel ... Victor
Paul Préboist ... Maxime
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole ... Mémé Dupont
Aline Bertrand Aline Bertrand ... Raymonde
Sylvine Delannoy Sylvine Delannoy ... Suzanne
Zorica Lozic Zorica Lozic ... Madame Langmann
Jacqueline Rouillard Jacqueline Rouillard ... L'institutrice
Marco Perrin ... Le curé
Denise Péron ... (as Denise Peron)
Elisabeth Rey Elisabeth Rey ... La petite Dinou (as La petite Elisabeth Rey)
Didier Perret Didier Perret ... Le petit frère de Dinou (as Le petit Didier Perret)
Kinou Kinou ... Le chien (as Le chien Kinou)
Alain Cohen ... Claude Langmann
Charles Denner ... Monsieur Langmann
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

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Trivia

"The Two of Us" ("Le vieil homme et l'enfant") was director Claude Berri's first full-length film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Bass on Titles (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

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 gelman@attglobal.netSee 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,255, 29 May 2005

Gross USA:

$56,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,558
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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