The Two of Us (1967)
The Two of Us (1967)
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as The Priest
as Dinou's brother
Critic Reviews for The Two of Us
A heart-warming movie that showcases one of the last performances of the great Michel Simon.
You're unaware of the film's power until the ending (well-earned and happy) hits you with an unexpected well of emotion.
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.
Greatly enhanced by the virtuoso performance of the 72-year-old Michel Simon.
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.'
Audience Reviews for The Two of Us
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.
Produced twenty-five years ago, "The Two of Us" is Claude Berri's semi-autobiographical valentine to a painful, yet beautiful chapter of his childhood. Sent to live with an older Christian couple in the French countryside in 1944, a young, precocious, yet wise Jewish boy experiences a variety of events which shape his life. The special bond forged between him and "Grandpa," an anti-Semite, to whom he teaches tolerance, deeply touches the heart and makes this an important Holocaust film, well worth your attention. Performances are uniformly excellent. Subtitles are clear, although flashed a bit too rapidly for my taste -- a small price for viewing this cinematic gem.
A young Jewish boy during WWII France is sent to the countryside for safety, landing in the home of a Petain supporter. Background: I recorded this off of TCM and had never heard of it prior. My viewing was without prior bias. Observations: 1) This is so charming, a story of innocence, and a great budding friendship. 2) How Michel Simon (Grandpa) pulled off making an old-fashioned bigot into a lovable lug is amazing. Kudos. 3) The war is kept at a distance, allowing the focus to be on childhood. 4) The ending could've went two ways, and the simpler of the two was selected. Maybe in keeping with the light-hearted tone of the film. I still wonder "what if?" Why I gave it a 60%? Simon as the best Grampa character I've seen recently.
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