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Monsieur Batignole (2002)

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 »


Gérard Jugnot


Gérard Jugnot (scenario), Philippe Lopes-Curval (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jules Sitruk ... Simon Bernstein
Gérard Jugnot ... Edmond Batignole
Michèle Garcia Michèle Garcia ... Marguerite Batignole (as Michele Garcia)
Jean-Paul Rouve ... Pierre-Jean Lamour
Alexia Portal Alexia Portal ... Micheline Batignole
Violette Blanckaert Violette Blanckaert ... Sarah Cohen
Daphné Baiwir ... Guila Cohen (as Daphne Baiwir)
Götz Burger ... SS Col. Spreich
Élisabeth Commelin Élisabeth Commelin ... Irène (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ... Gendarmerie lieutenant
Daniel Martin Daniel Martin ... Brigadier Albert
Nadine Spinoza Nadine Spinoza ... Rachel Bernstein
Damien Jouillerot Damien Jouillerot ... Martin
Philippe du Janerand ... Administrateur
Marie-Gaëlle Cals Marie-Gaëlle Cals ... Edwige


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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Comedy | Drama | War


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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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Nous, les Français
Music by Aimé Courtioux
Lyrics by Joé Poyet
Performed by Georges Milton
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In quest of hope
9 November 2005 | by Andreas_NSee all my reviews

Both an entertaining and a sincere movie. Jules Sitruk definitely did a very good job in here. The story had indeed some emotional involvements and was above the average. I liked the way Gerard Jugnot and Jules interacted with each other. Sometimes it was a bit oversubscribed and unrealistic - I'm thinking of the gorgeous sequence with the German soldier who had his knee dislocated - but nonetheless it didn't minimize the movie's natural charm. The historical background adds a significant amount of authenticity to the whole plot and grants the movie additional quality. Solid acting, entertaining experience. Recommended.

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French | German

Release Date:

6 March 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Edmond Batignole See more »

Filming Locations:

Le Bizot, Doubs, France See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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