#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country. Pepe, the husband, is a Petain supporter and a anti-Semite, but he does not know about Claude’s religion. The film is the story of their growing mutual affection.
Plot: A story of the caring friendship formed between a crusty, old anti-Semite and an eight-year-old Jewish boy who goes to live with him during World War II.
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I caught this at the local art museum, what a treasure it is! I became interested because the director is Claude Berri, and his “Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources” story is one of my favourites of all time. Although this movie is in black and white, it’s a superior quality and beautiful to watch. The story, of a little Jewish boy hiding out in the country with an anti-semitic old man in occupied France, could easily have gone down the path of sadness and tears, but instead it is a joyous movie full of laughter and love. I must say Michel Simon is a delightful actor, and makes even a narrow-minded, ignorant, brainwashed old man like Pépé a kind, fun grandpa that any child would love to have. I believe this movie is based on Claude Berri’s actual experience, but I did have to wonder at the end if Pépé was ever told the truth about the child’s heritage and if so, did it matter? Anyway, this is a fantastic heartwarming movie that you shouldn’t miss if you ever get the chance to see it.
The education of an old bigot
This is a charming movie set in the backdrop of war while carefully avoiding much of the asperity of war. It focuses on the relationship of a young boy and his adopted septuagenarian “Grampa”, Pepe.
Claude is a nine year old Jewish boy. He is bright and mischievous, as young boys are. His parents move from place to place in occupied France to avoid being detected. Claude is continually bringing unwanted attention to himself and his desperate parents. They decide to send him to stay with the parents of a trusted Catholic friend. Enter Pepe, Michel Simon.
Pepe is an old rogue, full of half-baked political opinions, always babbling some truculent platitude or other. He’s not too bright but he’s a complex character, warm and charming. We see him feeding his 15 year old pet dog from a plate with a spoon. The dog wears a bib. This is a soulful old man, despite his vitriol. Pepe immediately takes to Claude and begins to educate him about the evils of France’s ‘natural enemies’: the Germans, the English, the Freemasons, the Bolsheviks and the Jews. But ultimately, it is Claude who educates Pepe.
The relationship develops and we see that Claude finds more enjoyment with Pepe than he does with village kids. Unlike his time with his parents, Claude behaves himself well. He helps Pepe with chores. They play games together. The two are inseparable. Rather than joining the village ruffians, Claude is their victim and runs home to the protection of Pepe. The old man supplies something that Claude did not get at home, despite Claude’s affection for his parents.
Claude very cleverly runs rings around Pepe, showing the nonsense of his claims about the Jews. This is quite amusing. Claude moans that he must be a Jew, according to the description Pepe gives. Pepe comforts him, “no, of course you are not.” Then Claude strikes back, accusing Pepe of being a Jew, with his big nose and curly hair. Pepe stands before the mirror, examining himself forlornly. We can see that Pepe is slowly coming to realize the folly of the clap-trap he has been espousing.
Pepe is too lovable a fellow to really hate his enemies, who are mere phantoms. He clings to his opinions out of habit rather than conviction. Pepe grumbles when the local priest delivers a sermon advocating compassion to the oppressed. But grumbling is about the extent of Pepe’s bigotry. Claude teases Pepe that after the war the Jews will probably come back to power. Pepe dismisses the observation with the remark, “Oh well, they’re probably no worse than the rest of them.” Claude has worn the old bigot down.
Claude never reveals that he is a Jew. One of the reviewers above thought that this non-revelation meant that the film never resolved. I disagree. One of the strengths of the film is that it doesn’t follow a formulaic structure. It is not full of clichés. A revelation scene would lend itself to cliché.
The movie makes its point eloquently, without such clichés: bigotry is a vapid habit of belief and love is a more powerful force than hatred. What more need be said?
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min), 1 hr 26 min (86 min) (USA)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Claude Berri
Writer Claude Berri, Gérard Brach, Michel Rivelin
Actors Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Préboist
Awards 7 wins & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Camera Chevereau Cameras
Laboratory Laboratoires GTC, Saint-Cloud, France
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm