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ACT OF AGGRESSION AKA L’AGRESSION (1975)

Run Time: 1:34:00
Producer: Gaunt Worldwide
Director: Gérard Pirès
Author: John Buell, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Gérard Pirès
Key Forged: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Deneuve, Claude Brasseur

FILM MAKERS

A French motorbike image which, although based mostly on John Buell’s novel The Shrewsdale Exit, transcends the restrictions of imitating the American style, and provides as a substitute a sustained assault on French center class values. Trintignant goes on a path of revenge after the rape and homicide of his spouse and daughter; bourgeois dream disintegrates into nightmare, however the seeds of destruction are proven to be inner. Deneuve, as Trintignant’s sister-in-law, supplies the movie’s emotional core with a wonderful efficiency, her presence questioning male assumptions, even when her strains don’t. – Time Out, 2012

Spoiler alert, it wasn’t the bikers in any respect (although their hooliganry set the scene for what was to come back)… As a substitute it’s found {that a} grizzly rape and double homicide got here by the hands of a pleasant, native psycho.

SUMMARY

“Act of Aggression,” vie French a melodrama that opened yesterday at two theaters, is so dangerous that it makes a movie as vicious as “Loss of life Want” look good.

Just like the Charles Bronson character in “Loss of life Want,” Jean‐Louis Trintignant, the hero of “Act Of Aggression,” is a light‐mannered, center class businessman who’s reworked right into a killer ape after his spouse and daughter have been trutalized by hoodlums. However the place “Loss of life Want” exalted revenge, the French film merely trivializes it with a plot that twists much less simply than a dried noodle. Gerard Pires, the director, makes issues even worse by using the form of flashy slicing and camerawork you would possibly count on in a tv industrial that’s amok.

Mr. Trintignant does a whole lot of driving of cars and appears fairly understandably pushed. Catherine Deneuve, who performs his sister‐in‐legislation, seems magnificent. She shouldn’t be solely one of many world’s nice beauties. She now possesses such substance and ease as an actress that she nearly persuades us the film couldn’t probably be as horrible as it’s.

ACT OF AGGRESION (L’ Agression), directed by Gerard Pires; sceenplay (French with English subtitles) by JeanPatric Manchette and Mr. Pires, based mostly on the novel “The Shrewsdale Exit,” by John Buell; produced by Alain Poire and Pierre Braunberger; director of images, Silvano Ippoliti; music, Robert Chariebois; a co‐manufacturing of S.N.E. Gaumont, Les Movies du Jeudi, Les Movies de la Seine (Paris) and Primez Italians (Rome), distributed by Joseph Inexperienced Image. Operating time: 94 minutes. On the Trans‐Lux eighty fifth Road, at Madison Avenue, and the Eighth Road Playhouse, west of Fifth This movie has not been rated. – The New York Instances, Dec 4th, 1975

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