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Le chat (1971)

Courbevoie (France), 1971. Julien Bouin, a former typographist, and his wife Clemence, who used to perform in a circus, hardly talk to each other in their small house, soon to be demolished... See full summary »
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Jacques Rispal ...
Le docteur / Doctor
Nicole Desailly ...
L'infirmière / Nurse
Harry-Max ...
Le retraité
André Rouyer ...
Le délégué
Carlo Nell ...
L'agent immobilier
Yves Barsacq ...
L'architecte
Florence Haguenauer ...
Germaine
Renate Birgo ...
La crémière
Ermanno Casanova ...
Le patron du café (as Ermano Casanova)
Georges Mansart ...
Le garçon à la moto
Isabel del Río ...
La fille à la moto
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Courbevoie (France), 1971. Julien Bouin, a former typographist, and his wife Clemence, who used to perform in a circus, hardly talk to each other in their small house, soon to be demolished. His cat Greffier being the only one he still gives affection to, he becomes the object of Clemence's anger. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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A love/hate so devastating it destroys everything...the marriage, the wife, the husband, the house...even the cat

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1.66 : 1
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Just after the credits (3:30) and just before the end credits (71:21) we see twice the same scene. A stretcher is pushed through an hospital emergency entrance. The first time, a nurse comes from the right while the stretcher is in the middle of a corridor. She asks an unknown person 'Bouin, ça s'écrit comment ?' answered by 'as you say it B O U I N'. (How do you spell BOUIN). The second time, the stretcher goes all the way to the back, and turn (and Gabin's face is covered, signaling his death) before the nurse appears, and she says this time 'Julien Bouin, ça s'écrit comment ? See more »

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Rust never sleeps.
12 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

A critic whose name I forgot wrote:"imagine that in "le jour se lève" (1939),Jean Gabin did not die;he would have married Jacqueline Laurent and what would have become of them?Probably what Granier-Deferre shows in his movie (adapted from Georges Simenon)".It's a harsh cruel ruthless effort:daily life ,routine,humdrum,a love worn away by time have destroyed everything."Wounds have burst open,and corridors rust/Once proud and truthful,now humble and bent/Fires which burnt brightly,now energies spent"(Keith Reid) These two former lovers have become the worst enemies;Gabin has transferred his affection to a pet,and Signoret cannot stand it.Around them,wrecking balls are destroying all the old houses,it's a transparent metaphor ;their world is crumbling and they know it.The second part,when Gabin stops talking to his wife and writes her notes to communicate is downright depressing.And however,the ending will show that even after floating on an ocean of mud,love ,or something which looks like love, survives.


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