Movie Diary 1/29/2018

The Two of Us (aka La vieil homme et l’enfant, Claude Berri, 1967). Little Jewish kid (Alain Cohen) is taken out of occupied Paris and installed in the farmhouse of a pair of old folks who don’t know he’s Jewish. The boy bonds with the blustery old geezer, a Pétainist and raging anti-Semite. This would be a corny set-up were it not for the monumental presence of Michel Simon as the bigoted old blowhard. Simon rolls and thunders and looks like he ate Gerard Depardieu for breakfast; you can’t fake this kind of life force. Also, Berri’s elliptical cutting slides against the sentimentality of the situation.

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