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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.

Director:

Claude Pinoteau

Writers:

Jean-Loup Dabadie (original scenario), Claude Pinoteau (original scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Jean Douléan
Annie Girardot ... Hélène Douléan
Isabelle Adjani ... Isabelle Douléan - la fille de Jean et d'Hélène
Nicole Courcel ... Madeleine
Francis Perrin Francis Perrin ... Marc Morillon
Jacques Spiesser Jacques Spiesser ... Remi
Michel Aumont ... Charvin
Robert Hardy ... Robert
Nathalie Baye ... Christine
Xavier Gélin Xavier Gélin ... Xavier
Georges Wilson ... Pierre
Annick Alane Annick Alane ... La femme de ménage de Jean
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... Le serveur
Robert Dalban ... Le concierge du lycée
Francis Lemaire Francis Lemaire ... L'inspecteur
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

23 October 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bofetada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 FilmCriticLalitRaoSee 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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