Monsieur Batignole

Synopsis: In 1942, in an occupied Paris, the apolitical grocer Edmond Batignole lives with his wife and daughter in a small apartment in the building of his grocery. When his future son-in-law and collaborator of the German Pierre-Jean Lamour calls the Nazis to arrest the Jewish Bernstein family, they move to the confiscated apartment. Some days later, the young Simon Bernstein escapes from the Germans and comes to his former home. When Batignole finds him, he feels sorry for the boy and lodges him, hiding Simon from Pierre-Jean and also from his wife. Later, two cousins of Simon meet him in the cellar of the grocery. When Pierre-Jean finds the children, Batignole decides to travel with the children to Switzerland.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Director(s): Gérard Jugnot
Production: Séville
  1 win.
100 min

Labor Deportation Ministry

Eat. You may be next!

- Hello, Mr. Batignole.

- Hello, Mr. Ruet.

- Who's there?

- Lucien Morel, doctor.

Come in.


It's under control.

I got you a pass.

It'll get you to the free zone.

Contact my brother-in-law.

He'll take you to Switzerland.

Here are the papers

and baptism certificates.

Very good.

Thank you.

From now on you're not Bernstein,

you're Gerard and Paul Louvier.


I already told you.

- Say it.

- I'm Paul Louvier.

- Now you.

- I'm Gerard Louvier.

Shall we go?

Sleep well my rabbit stews?

My God!

All our stuff was stolen!

- When?

- Last night!

It could only happen to you!

- What is it?

- My hams were stolen.

I said pack light.

- I forgot my violin.

- Stay, I'll get it.

Only a kid could fit through!

What kid?

Look no further,


Wait in the car.

You're going on vacation?

Yes, I'm going on vacation.

Can I have a word with you, doctor?

I don't want to keep you.

My future son-in-law...

It's about your children...

The oldest one.

Now, I'm not accusing him...

This morning, I brought

some scraps for my rabbits...

I'm sorry, I must go.

My ham was stolen last night!

He must've heard

about tomorrow's raid...

I haven't a clue...

I sent Mr. Batignole after him.


It's my pleasure, Commissioner.

What's going on?

Nothing, my treasure.

I'll make some coffee.

What would he do with ham?

We don't eat it!

He can sell it.

What are you implying?

You think you're so high and mighty.

Since you've been here,

you barely say hello.

You're a surgeon,

I'm just a butcher,

that's no reason to be snooty!

I know I wasn't

born under a lucky star!

A yellow one?

If people resent you so much,

there's a reason.

I saved your daughter's life.

You were doing your job...

And I paid you for your services.

What's your husband doing?

I hate to end

this fascinating conversation.

Will you open your suitcase?


I'll call the police!

- Kiss your vacation good-bye.

- Wait!

Dad! What are you doing?

We're finishing up.

Leave us!

For God's sake, do as I say!

Come in.




And another up there!

Run, David! Run!

Go. Run.

Run away, Simon.

Run away!

Let me go!


On the second floor,


French police!

Open up!

Thanks a lot.

It wasn't me...

Open up!


- Where's the kike?

- Don't know!

- What are you doing here?

- He was delaying him.

Take them away.

Thank you both for your help.

I didn't do much.

Participating is enough.

Don't you agree?


Thank you again.

- Did he pay forthe ham?

- No.

- You dunce!

- They'll pay when they return.

That won't be soon.

- Where are they going?

- Compiegne, then Germany.

- Theirthings are up there!

- Not for long.

Careful, it's fragile!

Where is it all going?

It's stored in Paris,

and sent to Germany.

And the apartment?

An administrator handles it.

If you'd like,

we could benefit from this.

I can pull some strings.

We can't accept.

It's 200 square meters...

I don't want any trouble.

When opportunity knocks,

my husband ignores it.

There's money to be made

these days, but no!

He's got scruples.

"He's Got Scruples"

Great title for a play!

Get the first one produced.


It's regarding

the Bernstein apartment.

Come in.

- We have rice pudding.

- No thanks.

As you wish.

I started by saying you were

a hardcore anti-Semite...

That you thought Germany

and its culture was the future!

I'm French nationalist all the way.

I didn't stress that.

I spoke of your artistic side...

Your articles

against degenerate art.

I told him that to write your plays,

you needed a calm,

comfortable apartment.

- And?

- He's not against it.

You're the best!

Some "tea" forthe digestion?

He wants to see you.

I hear he's seeing some actress,

she's a call girl...

He wants to produce a play for her.

And you'll write it.

- When can I meet your colonel?

- Tonight.

Excuse me.

Mr. Guitry, a table will be free

in a few minutes.


Excuse me, Sir.

- Do I know you?

- Pierre-Jean Lamour.

I'm sorry...

I sent you my play

a month ago.

My pen name's Francis Mozeur.

Of course, Francis Mozeur...

The renowned theater critic.

He has a fatal machinegun style,

like his initials.



In otherwords,

Frankly Mediocre.

Yourtable Mr Guitry.

- You're insulting me, Sir!

- Yes.

But that's not how

I earn my living.

- You know...

- What!

Forget it.

So, about the colonel...

Isn't that nice.

It was a gift.

Earned through another's loss.

The tables are finally turning.

I've never denounced anyone.

We don't talk politics here.

I'm speaking my mind.

Be like me.


Thank you very much.

Have a nice day.

Good night.

See you tomorrow.

I'm off to the movies

with Pierre-Jean.

- How are you getting there?

- By metro.

I'll drop you off.

You can help me with a delivery.

Yes, Daddy.

- Feeling a bit flat, Paul?

- Very funny.

- What's playing?

- "The Killer lives at n 21."

There's a party

at Colonel Spreich's afterwards.


The one who seized

the Jews' furniture.

You're invited?

Nice one.

Pierre-Jean's cousin knows him.

I don't like this, Micheline.

I'm just having some fun.

- Your fianc, isn't.

- Who cares about him.

So drop him.

He's moves

in all the right circles.

- All the doors open for him.

- Doors can shut too.

The Germans are here.

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Gérard Jugnot

Gérard Jugnot (born 4 May 1951) is a French actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer. Jugnot was one of the founders of the comedy troupe Le Splendid in the 1970s, along with, among others, his high-school friends Christian Clavier, Thierry Lhermitte, and Michel Blanc. Then Josiane Balasko and Marie-Anne Chazel joined them. The group adapted a number of its stage hits for the cinema and was extremely successful in films such as Les Bronzés (1978), Les Bronzés font du ski (1979) and Le Père Noël est une ordure (1982). Jugnot gained international fame for his lead role in Les Choristes in which he played Clément Mathieu. The last movie he directed was C'est beau la vie quand on y pense (2017). Jugnot is the father of comedian Arthur Jugnot, born in 1980 to Jugnot and wardrobe designer Cécile Magnan. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 2004. more…

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