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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 »

Director:

Gérard Jugnot

Writers:

Gérard Jugnot (scenario), Philippe Lopes-Curval (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 Daphné Baiwir ... Guila Cohen (as Daphne Baiwir)
Götz Burger 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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

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Official Sites:

BAC Films [France] (French)

Country:

France

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,872,045 (France), 25 January 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Connections

Featured in Gérard Jugnot - artisan réalisateur (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Elle a Tout
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by André Hornez and Raymond Vincy
Performed by Andrex
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Magnifique!
3 November 2003 | by rps-2See all my reviews

This does for the German occupation of France what "Life Is Beautiful" did for that of Italy. It's a wonderfully warm and even humourous story set against the horror of the holocaust. The characters are well drawn and the camera sees the German occupation through decidedly French eyes. No propaganda. No punches pulled. No attempt to deny that many French collaborated with the Nazis. And no false heroics. M. Batignole is a timid hero indeed but a genuine hero nonetheless. A refreshing new perspective on the war years with much to praise and nothing to criticise.


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