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La gifle (1974)

Geography professor Jean has divorced his wife. His mistress has also left him. He has to do everything he can to be able to win his young daughter Isabelle's love and affection.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Douléan
Hélène Douléan
Isabelle Douléan - la fille de Jean et d'Hélène
Francis Perrin ...
Marc Morillon
Jacques Spiesser ...
Xavier Gélin ...
Georges Wilson ...
Annick Alane ...
La femme de ménage de Jean
Paul Bisciglia ...
Le serveur
Le concierge du lycée
Francis Lemaire ...


Geography professor Jean has divorced his wife. His mistress has also left him. He has to do everything he can to be able to win his young daughter Isabelle's love and affection.

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Release Date:

23 October 1974 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Bofetada  »

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In the sequence where the whole family eats the pasta, Lino Ventura actually cooked it. He was a great cook. And during the shooting of all these takes, Francis Perrin ate seven plates - one for each take. And at lunch time, Lino Ventura suggested Perrin to take him out to have lunch together. See more »


When Remi and Isabel board magnificent Hoverlloyd craft on the beach, her name is clearly visible as Swift. Next shot, when craft is out to sea, her name is Sure. Those are 2 different vessels out of total of four SR.N4 hovercraft operated between 1969-1977 - Sure, Swift, Sir Christopher and The Prince of Wales. See more »

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A perfect film by French director Claude Pinoteau who shaped Isabelle Adjani's cinematographic career.
19 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Film critic Mr.Lalit Rao has keenly observed that apart from films set in innumerable Parisian Cafés,films about families and family life are also an essential facet of French cinema.This is done in a very frank manner as French directors sense that there is no harm in talking about troubles which afflict French society at large.They are of the opinion that it is solely through discussions about issues that solutions are found.La Gifle is one such film which deals with a middle class French family which sees cracks develop between a husband,his wife and his young daughter.However,it must be stated that "La Gifle" is not only about family problems but also how troubles within a family are solved.In 1974,French director Claude Pinoteau worked with one of France's most famous screenwriters Jean Loup Dabadie to create a real slice of life.The same team worked again six years later to direct and write,"La Boum"(The Party,1980)-One of French cinema's most recognizable films about issues which affect French youngsters.La Gifle is considered an important film of her illustrious cinema career by noted actress Isabelle Adjani who has publicly acknowledged Claude Pinoteau's contribution to her acting career when he chose to cast her in his films.

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