The Two Of Us

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

Life's joys and sorrows are given a fine, sensitive treatment in this autobiographical first feature from Claude Berri, who was one of many Jewish children sent by Parisian parents to live in the French countryside during the Occupation. This film, an honest portrait of one such boy, was considered by Francois Truffaut to be one of the best films ever made...read more

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Life's joys and sorrows are given a fine, sensitive treatment in this autobiographical first feature from Claude Berri, who was one of many Jewish children sent by Parisian parents to live in the French countryside during the Occupation. This film, an honest portrait of one such boy, was

considered by Francois Truffaut to be one of the best films ever made about the Occupation. Ten-year-old Claude (Alain Cohen, in a touching, natural performance) is sent to live with the parents of his father's Catholic friends. "Gramps" (Michel Simon), the cranky old man who looks after Claude,

takes an immediate liking to the boy and begins teaching him about anti-Semitism, not realizing that his young friend is a Jew. A warm friendship grows between the two, despite their differences in age and religion. Some genuinely comic moments also arise, including Claude's accusation that the

old man is a Jew (he cites Gramps's big nose as evidence). Through everything, the two remain the best of friends, bound together by the trials of everyday living, the problems incurred by the war, and the old man's aging dog. Georges Delerue delivers a moving score, and, in his comeback

performance, Simon delivers one of the most memorable portrayals of his brilliant career.

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