The Two of Us

The Two of Us

Criterion Collection Edition #388

A young 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 own childhood experiences, and gave the legendary Simon one of his most memorable roles in the twilight of his career.

The Two of Us
  • The Two of Us

    Directed by Claude Berri • 1967 • France
    Starring Alain Cohen, Michel Simon

    A young 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 (playe...

Extras

  • Claude Berri on THE TWO OF US

    This interview with Claude Berri was conducted by the Criterion Collection in January 2007, at Berri’s production office in Paris.

  • Claude Berri on “Cinéma”

    The following excerpted interview with Claude Berri explores the autobiographical nature of his film THE TWO OF US. In "Profil: Claude Berri," from the French television series Cinéma, reporter François Chalais speaks with Berri soon after his film's release.

  • Claude Berri on “Les Dossiers de l’écran”

    The following excerpted interview with Claude Berri explores the autobiographical nature of his film THE TWO OF US. “The Jewish Children of Occupied France” is taken from “Les Dossiers de l’écran” and features Berri and the woman who helped secure his family's safety during World War II.

  • Alain Cohen on THE TWO OF US

    Excused from elementary school to portray Claude Langmann in THE TWO OF US, Alain Cohen would go on to play Berri's alter ego in his two other semiautobiographical films, LE CINÉMA DE PAPA (1970) and LA PREMIÈRE FOIS (1976). This interview with Cohen was conducted at his home in Paris, in 2005.

  • Michel Simon on THE TWO OF US

    Legendary actor Michel Simon performed in more than one hundred films, in a career that spanned fifty years, including the French classics BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING and PORT OF SHADOWS. The following is from a 1967 television interview conducted by Christian Durieux.

  • Le poulet

    This comedic short film by THE TWO OF US director Claude Berri won the Academy Award for best live-action short subject in 1966.

  • THE TWO OF US Rerelease Trailer