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L'agression (1975)

An ordinary man is driven to violence in the name of revenge in this drama. Paul Varlin (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a businessman who decides to take his wife and daughter on a vacation. ... See full summary »


Gérard Pirès


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Paul Varlin
Catherine Deneuve ... Sarah
Claude Brasseur ... André Ducatel
Philippe Brigaud ... Escudero
Milena Vukotic ... Le juge
Franco Fabrizi ... Sauguet
Delphine Boffy Delphine Boffy ... Patty
Leonora Fani ... Josy
Michèle Grellier ... Hélène
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal ... Raoul Dumouriez
Robert Charlebois ... Justin, un motard
Jean-Claude Andruet Jean-Claude Andruet
Jean Amos Jean Amos
Jacques Canselier Jacques Canselier
Jacques Chailleux Jacques Chailleux ... Un motard


An ordinary man is driven to violence in the name of revenge in this drama. Paul Varlin (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a businessman who decides to take his wife and daughter on a vacation. While stopping for gas, Varlin's wife is accosted by a gang of motorcycle thugs, who progress from ogling her legs to raping both the wife and young girl, and then killing them both. When Varlin discover's this horrible crime, he takes it upon himself to track down and kill the bikers in the name of justice Written by wxjuh

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Crime | Drama


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France | Italy



Release Date:

16 April 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Act of Aggression See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Music by Morgan Davis
Words by Jean-Marie Poiré
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Half interesting half "confused" 70's Euro rape/kill/revenge film.
8 April 2000 | by von-13See all my reviews

Shown on the Italian tv-channel Rai Uno the other day and with

actor names as J L Trintignant and C Deneuve featured in a Euro "giallo" from the seventies I naturally hooked up my vcr for taping. Dubbed in Italian language I ofcourse didn't understand a single spoken word, but several scenes are experimentally(!!) actionpacked and although it dosn't come near (or tries to be) a sleaze-movie, one cannot help comparing it to films like Night Train Murders( Aldo Lado), Spoorloos(Dutch film)and Mario Bava's Rabid Dogs in terms of associations, at least. Anyways...J L Trintignant's wife and daughter are raped/killed at the very beginning by a gang of viscious bikers. Then follows a lot of talky talk always accompanied by agressive behaviour by the charactors of the movie. I'm not quite sure where and why Miss Deneuve fits in, but she does a fine job looking sexy and mature and we even get a slight glimpse of her breasts. Guess that means this is an art-movie !!?? Trintignant gets his revenge at the end and a "drive-by" shooting of one of the bikers is indeed very well executed. A bikergirl is terrorrised by a guy(who befriends Trintignant + Deneuve),who turns out to be really creepy. His "hobby" is really perverse and adds the sleaze-associations to the film. As for the music, aahhh....??? Lemme know what You think, ok?? Overall I totally recommend it to fans of Euro films....You won't be disappointed I'm sure, but try catching an English languaged version, as I'm pretty sure I missed out on a whole lot of interesting talk....yep.

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