The Cat (1971 film)

The Cat (French: Le Chat) is a 1971 French-language drama film directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre and based on Georges Simenon's 1967 novel The Cat.[2]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. Greffier's cat being the only one he still gives affection to, the cat becomes the object of Clemence's 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 author's, Georges Simenon, difficult relationship with his mother.

The Cat
Film poster
Directed byPierre Granier-Deferre
Produced byRaymond Danon
Maurice Jacquin
Written byPierre Granier-Deferre
Pascal Jardin
Georges Simenon
StarringJean Gabin
Simone Signoret
Annie Cordy
Music byPhilippe Sarde
CinematographyWalter Wottitz
Edited byNino Baragli
Release date
  • 24 April 1971 (1971-04-24)
Running time
86 minutes
Budget$6.2 million[1]


  • Jean Gabin as Julien Bouin
  • Simone Signoret as Clémence Bouin
  • Annie Cordy as Nelly
  • Jacques Rispal as Le docteur / Doctor
  • Nicole Desailly as L'infirmière / Nurse
  • Harry-Max as Le retraité
  • André Rouyer as Le délégué
  • Carlo Nell as L'agent immobilier
  • Yves Barsacq as L'architecte
  • Florence Haguenauer as Germaine
  • Renate Birgo as La crémière
  • Ermanno Casanova as Le patron du café (as Ermano Casanova)
  • Georges Mansart as Le garçon à la moto
  • Isabel del Río as La fille à la moto



  1. "Le Chat". jpbox-office. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  2. "Encres Vagabondes". (in French). Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. "Berlinale 1971: Prize Winners". Retrieved 14 March 2010.
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