Jean Doulean is a 50-year-old teacher at a Parisian school. For several years he has been separated from his wife Hélène, who lives with another man in England. He has since begun a relationship with another woman, Madeleine, but his newfound happiness proves to be short-lived. After a fracas with the police, Jean is told that he must be transferred to another school. Then he learns that his 18-year-old daughter wants to give up her studies so that she can live with her boyfriend Marc. After a violent disagreement, which ends with Jean slapping her in the face, Isabelle leaves him and goes to live with her mother in England. —Filmsdefrance.com
The director Claude Pinoteau was born into the filmworld because his father Lucien Pinoteau was a well-known director for Pathé. Claude Pinoteau began his film career as a director assistant for Jean-Pierre Melville, Max Ophuls and René Clair, an activity he practised for more than 20 years.
To these movies belong “Les enfants terribles” (50), “Lola Montès” (55), “Le triporteur” (57), “Le jour et l’heure” (63), “Cent mille dollars au soleil” (64), “La vingt-cinquième heure” (67) and “Le voyou” (70). He also wrote scripts from 1969 for “Un homme qui me plaît” (69) and “Le voyou” (70), from 1973 he also directed his first movies which were very successful.
To his well-known movies as a director belong “Le silencieux” (73), “La gifle” (74), the unexpected success “La boum” (82), the sequel “La boum 2” (82), “L’étudiante” (88) and “La neige et le feu” (91). His brother Jacques Pinoteau became also a director. —cyranos.ch