Le Vieil Homme et l'Enfant (The Two of Us) (The Old Man and the Boy)
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Le Vieil Homme et l'Enfant (The Two of Us) (The Old Man and the Boy)
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,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Overall the acting as well as the cinematography is a treat."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Leslie Camhi, Village Voice
"Berri made his feature-directing debut with this serious-minded 1967 comedy about a Jewish boy living with an anti-Semitic farmer while evading Nazi terror."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A heart-warming movie that showcases one of the last performances of the great Michel Simon."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Greatly enhanced by the virtuoso performance of the 72-year-old Michel Simon."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"You're unaware of the film's power until the ending (well-earned and happy) hits you with an unexpected well of emotion."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"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.'"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews