Monsieur Batignole

Poster for Monsieur Batignole In 1942, in Paris, which was under German occupation during World War II, a grocer Edmond Batignole (Gérard Jugnot) is living with his family on the ground floor of an apartment building. He has a daughter who is soon to be married. His future son-in-law, an aspiring writer Pierre-Jean (Jean-Paul Rouve) wants the penthouse apartment occupied by a Jewish family, the Bernsteins, and alerts the Gestapo who capture the family early one morning. When the Bernsteins' property is confiscated, the Batignoles apply for and are awarded the apartment. The Batignoles cater a party for SS officials in the confiscated apartment. During the party, young Simon Bernstein (Jules Sitruk) returns to his family home. Batignole hides Simon in a servant's apartment on the top floor of the building but soon moves him to the cellar to avoid discovery. Simon is later joined in the cellar by his two cousins who were themselves being hidden by the concierge of another Parisian apartment building. Edmond tries to find someone to smuggle the children over the border to Switzerland but eventually determines to take them himself. Edmond and the children undertake the dangerous trip to the Swiss border, where they are nearly caught by the police. However, with the help of a kind woman and a priest, they are able to sneak over the border to safety in Switzerland. (Source)

100 minutes
Gérard Jugnot

Shown at

  1. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2019

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