ⓘ The Cat (1971 film)


ⓘ The Cat (1971 film)

The Cat is a 1971 French-language drama film directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre and based on Georges Simenons 1967 novel The Cat.It tells a story of an elderly married couple, Julien Bouin, a former typographist, and his wife Clemence, who used to perform in a circus, who have been loathing each other for years. They hardly talk to each other in their small house, soon to be demolished. Their only form of communication being occasional notes on scraps of paper. Greffiers cat being the only one he still gives affection to, the cat becomes the object of Clemences anger. However, they are soon to understand that they cannot live without each other. The storyline of The Cat is speculated to have originated from the authors, Georges Simenon, difficult relationship with his mother.


1. Cast

  • Annie Cordy as Nelly
  • Nicole Desailly as Linfirmiere / Nurse
  • Renate Birgo as La cremiere
  • Simone Signoret as Clemence Bouin
  • Carlo Nell as Lagent immobilier
  • Isabel del Rio as La fille à la moto
  • Florence Haguenauer as Germaine
  • Jean Gabin as Julien Bouin
  • Ermanno Casanova as Le patron du cafe as Ermano Casanova
  • Jacques Rispal as Le docteur / Doctor
  • Harry-Max as Le retraite
  • Yves Barsacq as Larchitecte
  • Andre Rouyer as Le delegue
  • Georges Mansart as Le garçon à la moto

2. Awards

  • Silver Bear for Best Actor Jean Gabin - won
  • 21st Berlin International Film Festival
  • Golden Bear nominated
  • Silver Bear for Best Actress Simone Signoret - won