Almost Peaceful

Synopsis: Jewish tailor Albert (Abkarian) and his wife Lea (Breitman) are reestablishing their business in 1946 Paris. Albert hires six people, more than he needs to meet current slow season demand, and all but Jacqueline (Lubna Azabal) are Jews who somehow survived the occupation. Slowly, tentatively they get to know each other as they cut, stitch, press, and fit men's and women's clothes. But each has to reestablish his or her life and relationships among sometimes indifferent or hostile Parisians.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Michel Deville
Production: Empire Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min



I'll come and say goodbye.

Don't miss the train.

And eat well there!

Put some weight on.

They must be here for the ad.

Let's go!

See you later!

Your children?

A full family... That's nice.

Maurice Abramowicz.

For the Mechanic's job.

Me too. I'm Joseph.

Very good.

Forty minutes...

You'll do fine.

I leave everyone standing.


Leon Frydman's wife.


Andree Lambert.

Charles Grynstam.

Monsieur Albert.


Maurice Abramauschwitz!

I don't understand...

The French may not know

but here at the workshop, surely...

You all know...

I don't understand.

You can't understand.

Simply because you're not Jewish.

But don't lose heart...

Stay with us

and Maybe you'll manage it.

Too late...

The job's gone?

- Maybe next time?

- Maybe.

Put it here to see.

Even if you're not finished.

You know, Joseph...

That's your name right?

Women button their clothes

on the right,

whatever the season.

Can we mend it?

Ever worked in tailoring?


- How old are you?

- Nineteen.

Yes, but can you do anything?

I passed my exams.

Fine, but do piping, braid,

trim and bias binding ring a bell?

Boss, tell them.

Maurice and Joseph don't know.

Piping, buttonhole, button loop,

press-stud or rayon

percaline, interfacing

were all passwords.

Monsieur Albert

spent the whole war

hidden in a room above

a tailor's shop on Rue de Sevres.

He'd bring up work and food for me.

We'd change passwords every day,

using words from the trade.

Whenever he heard someone coming up,

he'd grab his scissors

and go like this...

That was Madame Sarah.

Madame Sarah, come back up,

it's all right!

No, stay there, don't bother.

My wife's not in.

She just got back, Monsieur Albert.

Tomorrow at eight. Mechanic,

Yes, that's fine.

Assistant-mechanic, 25 francs.

Perfect, thank you.

See you tomorrow!

You think it's funny

to threaten her?

I was just telling my story...

Again! It's over now.

Can't you change your tune?


For a dressing gown...

Yes, it would be pretty.

It would be nice

if you could make me one.

This one's had it.

It's been in the war.


We're all alone...

Take it off for me.

You're back in the neighborhood...

Mr. Grynstam has taken a room near

his apartment to keep a watch out

if his wife and daughters

return from the camps.

Sign the lease, please.

I'd like a receipt

for payment of the rent

while Mr. Grynstam was in the camps.

I'll be out of pocket.

I have refund my former tenants.

They meant no harm.

You wouldn't have been back sooner

if it had been empty.

That's all settled.

I prefer that.

If it's too big for you,

let me know.

I have some nice

two-room apartments.

Have you got them?


It's only right!

I'm taking the jacket to Wasserman.

See you later.

Or tomorrow, maybe.

He's sent me away twice now.

What? With your magic touch?

Maybe I have a magic touch

but Wasserman hands out the work.

It hangs poorly.

Don't say that. It hangs well.

Look at the stitching.

I know from experience

this is the off-season.

But if there's no work,

just tell me so.

Don't keep stringing me along

till autumn.

It just doesn't hang well.

It doesn't hang well?

How does it hang now?

My model!

Dear father and mother,

There are lots of us staying here.

I've made new friends.

I get on well

with one called Georges.

The children? Everything okay?

Let me see.

I haven't finished!

We eat in the castle

and the food's very good.

They keep us occupied all day.

Here, we're even kept occupied

peeling vegetables.

There's a work studio too

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Robert Bober

Robert Bober (born 1931) is a French film director, theater director and writer of German-Jewish origin. He was born on November 13, 1931 in Berlin. Working as a film-maker for television since 1967, he has made close to 120 documentary films. His first novel, Quoi de neuf sur la guerre? (What's new about war?) received the Prix du Livre Inter in 1994. more…

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