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Two of Us (Criterion Collection)

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A Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France's liberation. Forced to hide his identity, the eight-year-old, Claude (played delicately by first-time actor Alain Cohen), bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa (Michel Simon), who improbably becomes his friend and confidant. Poignant and lighthearted, The Two of Us was acclaimed director Claude Berri's debut feature, based on his own childhood experiences, and gave the legendary Simon one of his most memorable roles in the twilight of his career.

Specifications

Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 204332961
UPC 715515024129
UPC 14 00715515024129
Format DVD
Release Date 6/12/2007
Actors
Name Berri,Claude
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Cast & Crew
Alain Cohen - Actor
Andre Hunebelle - Executive Producer
Charles Denner - Actor
Claude Berri - Director
Denise Charvein - Editor
Georges Delerue - Original Music By
Jean Penzer - Cinematographer
Luce Fabiole - Actor
Michel Rivelin, et. al. - Writer
Michel Simon - Actor
Paul Cadeac - Producer
Sophie Coussein - Editor
Reviews
ReviewSource Movie Magazine International
Review The Two of Us is the delightful 1967 drama, co-written and directed by the inimitable Claude Berri, whose writing/acting/ and directing career spans five decades, and who directed enchanting films like Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, and one of my favorite, short, Le Poulet. The Two of Us takes place in 1944 Nazi occupied France during World War II. This film is a rare gem that gives us insight into what it must have been like to be in France during the war and to experience the fear and deprivation that comes with being in an occupied country.
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Reviewer Joan K. Widdifield
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Ferdy on Films
Review This statement seems an odd way for a narrator to introduce us to his reminiscences of youth - odd, that is, for people who had little more to do as children than to be themselves. But, Claude Berri did not grow up during ordinary times. He turned 8 in 1944 Paris, and being a Jew was the fact that governed his every move. How he came to love a Vichyist anti-Semite during the last year of World War II is recounted in the joyful and touching The Two of Us...When Claude's parents drive off with him on a bus, Claude smiles and waves out the back window to the sad couple who looked after him so well, loved him, and let him be a child for a few short months. Giving a little Jewish boy a childhood in the shadow of unspeakable death was a great gift indeed. It is no wonder that Berri paid them back with such a beautiful, funny, heartfelt film that doesn't forget the seriousness of the times but never collapses into them.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Marilyn Ferdinand
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, French, English, Subtitled, Black & White
Product Attributes
Actor Berri,Claude
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
J. Robert Parks, The Phantom Tollbooth ...infused with the idyllic quality of nostalgia but grounded in the vivid details of real life.
Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice ...[a] ring of a truth that escapes ideologies.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...I love this movie.

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