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..
Claude Berri (scenario and dialogue), Gérard Brach (adaptation), Claude Berri (adaptation), Michel Rivelin (collaboration)