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Le Vieil Homme et l'Enfant (The Two of Us) (The Old Man and the Boy)

Le Vieil Homme et l'Enfant (The Two of Us) (The Old Man and the Boy) (1967)

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This is the story of a Jewish boy and his growing friendship with a crusty old anti-Semite.

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Claude Berri, Gérard Brach

Jun 12, 2007

Rialto

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Overall the acting as well as the cinematography is a treat.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A heart-warming movie that showcases one of the last performances of the great Michel Simon.

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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You're unaware of the film's power until the ending (well-earned and happy) hits you with an unexpected well of emotion.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Some may find Berri's portrait of provincial France and its prejudices too loving, but it has the ring of a truth that escapes ideologies.

May 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Greatly enhanced by the virtuoso performance of the 72-year-old Michel Simon.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A story that hasn't gone out of style....Perhaps Berri spoke for himself through the old man's self-summation: 'I don't have a church bell for a heart, but I respect life.'

July 8, 2005
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Berri made his feature-directing debut with this serious-minded 1967 comedy about a Jewish boy living with an anti-Semitic farmer while evading Nazi terror.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for Le Vieil Homme et l'Enfant (The Two of Us) (The Old Man and the Boy)

[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]"Or(My Treasure)" is a movie from Israel about teenaged Or(Dana Ivgy) and her mother Ruthie(Ronit Elkabetz). At the beginning of the movie, Or is picking up her mother at a hospital where she has been treated for depression. Due to Ruthie's problems, of which there are many, Or has taken on the duties of breadwinner for the household - collecting empty bottles for refunds in the morning; working in a neighborhood restaurant in the evening. As you can imagine, this leaves little time for school and Ruthie is not really aware what affect her behavior is having on her daughter. Or is at an age when she is starting to take control of her life and is beginning to become familiar with the opposite sex.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff]"Or(My Treasure)" is a worthy examination of life on the economic edge with excellent performances. But there are questions that are not answered - like how long has Ruthie been like this? Plus, there is a decision late in the movie that I just don't believe. [/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=darkslategray]"The Two of Us" starts out in Nazi-occupied France in 1943, just as young Claude attempts to shoplift a toy tank or two.(He would have been better off stealing a real one...) Claude is Jewish and his father dearly wants his son to keep himself out of trouble so as not to attract undue attention. Since there is also bombing going on, the parents decide to send Claude to the country to spend time with a friend's father for safekeeping. The catch is that the old man is a virulent anti-semite and Claude cannot give away that he is Jewish.[/color][/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=#2f4f4f]"The Two of Us" is a funny touching coming-of-age movie about a very serious subject. As an added plus, there is a degree of complexity surrounding the old man - he is an unapologetic bigot but he also has a heart of gold but it turns out that Claude is actually much wiser than his aged host.[/color][/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=black]"The Truce" is based on Primo Levi's autobiographical telling of his journey back from Auschwitz after it has been liberated by the Soviet army to his native Italy. Along the way, he encounters various characters who are either returning to their homelands or trying to return to their old lives. [/color][/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=#000000]On the plus side, "The Truce" is about a part of history that is rarely focused on - the repatriation of refugees after World War II. It is also quite nice looking. However, the movie is hardly subtle. Yes, we realize the significance of Auschwitz being liberated, so we don't need the orchestral flourishes to emphasize this.(And yes I thought the four horsemen was laying it on a bit much.) Also, John Turturro really seems like a supporting player when the movie should be about his character and he is often upstaged by Rada Serbedzija playing a rakish Greek citizen, also heading home. [/color] [/color][/font]
June 7, 2005
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