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The Two of Us (1967)

The Two of Us (1967)

The Two of Us




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Having been forced into minor parts for several years by a debilitating illness, veteran film actor Michel Simon made a triumphant return to leading roles in the charming, poignant The Two of Us (Le Vieil Homme et L'Enfant). Simon plays a likeable old soak with one significant character flaw: he is a flagrant anti-Semite. During the Nazi occupation of Paris, 8-year-old Jewish lad Alain Cohen is sent to the country, there to live with the parents of his family's Catholic friends. One of those parents is, inevitably, Simon. Taking a liking to Alain, and unaware that the boy is Jewish, Simon attempts to introduce the lad to the doctrine of anti-Semitism. The boy plays along with the old man, teasing him about his prejudices. Despite their obvious philosophical differences, Simon and Alain form a strong and affectionate bond. Director Claude Berri, whose films have often touched upon the Jewish experience in France, once more draws from his own experiences to weave a sensitive, seriocomic scenario.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Claude Berri, Gérard Brach, Michel Rivelin
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On DVD: Jun 12, 2007


Zorica Lozic
as Claude's Mother
Charles Denner
as Claude's Father
Marco Perrin
as The Priest
Didier Perret
as Dinou's brother
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Critic Reviews for The Two of Us

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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

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

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2005
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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2005
Village Voice
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Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | June 4, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Two of Us

[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]

Walter M.

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Charming, "human" film. Michael Simon is fantastic, as is Alain Cohen who gives one of the best and most natural child performances I've ever seen. Grandpa is such an interesting and endearing character despite his obvious flaws and ignorance. But he feels like a real person with Simon's performance and the movie showing his flaws and shortcomings along with his charm. Grandpa and Claude are great together, and the movie plays with your expectations. I'm still a little surprised there wasn't a scene of Grandpa finding out Claude was Jewish. Claude Berri portrays a different aspect of occupied France that I hadn't seen before, and I am pretty blown away by it.

I'm a sucker for foreign films about children because American films (aside from Chaplin and "Night of the Hunter") have rarely allowed children to be more than exploited props. This picture is full of lively comedy and potential tragedy, but never gives in to false truths.

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