The Cage

1975 [FRENCH]

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

Top cast

Ingrid Thulin as Hélène
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826.27 MB
1280*714
French 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 29 min
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1.5 GB
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French 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 29 min
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826.56 MB
1280*718
French 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 29 min
Seeds 3
1.5 GB
1856*1040
French 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 29 min
Seeds 4

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Reviewed by ulicknormanowen 7 / 10

The basement take.

Pierre Granier-Deferre was the heir of the grand tradition of the cinema de papa , a pejorative name which does not do justice to the great works labelled so.

His most ambitious works were huis clos dramas, like "le chat" in which Gabin and Signoret were constantly tearing each other apart in a house surrounded by wrecking ballson a demolition site.

"La cage" is another attempt at pure psychological drama; holding a person captive has become a subject which has exponentially grown over the years ,but in the mid-seventies it was not derivative as it is today.

First schock is the Ventura/Thulin pairing ;both were excellent actors in their field but they were worlds apart : the former was the action film hero whereas the latter was par excellence the intellectual Bergmanian actress who also worked with demanding directors such as Visconti , Resnais or Minelli .Fluent in French ,she's not dubbed and it's her voice you can hear ,no small feat in a movie based on a play.

Against all odds, both brilliantly succeed in their portrayal : Ventura's role was tailor-made :the wealthy businessman whose work has taken the best of him. Down-to earth , probably a self-made man , and not as educated as his wife ; ditto for Thulin whose character is the most debatable though : one learns that she's a successful writer ,but the sequence with his editor is very short , not only because she holds her husband prisoner in her basement ,but because she 's supposed to be a woman whose life was sacrificed by his ambitions.

It may be a women's lib fable , but the fact that Hélène has professionally succeeded gets in the way ;it makes her hatred ,her act less convincing .Fortunately, Thulin 's subtle suave voice and loudmouth Vendura make up for it. The ending ,as others have pointed out ,left us unsatisfied ; in short, it's the actors, not the screenplay.

Reviewed by minecn 7 / 10

so so

The comment below says it's a funny movie with the best french actors of that time. It's not a funny movie, it's a psychological drama. And there are almost only two actors, the other roles being very minor. Lino Ventura was Italian, Ingrid Thulin was Swedish. I suspect Brett 58 did not see the movie. Anyway... A property developer goes to his ex-wife's house. When he's in the house, he falls in a trap. It's not an accident: his ex wife wants to keep him in her basement, where the camera is most of the time. In their strange situation, we learn about their failed relationship in some kind of psychological duel. An interesting movie about the relations in a couple. It's not my type of movie at all (because well, almost nothing happens) but I still gave it 7/10.

Reviewed by jbgeorges 7 / 10

The prisoners

An astonishing face to face looking almost like a theatre play between Lino Ventura and Ingrid Thulin. Trapped in a past that she cannot forget, Hélène sets a trap for her ex-partner Julien and in turn imprisons him in a cage located in the cellar of her apartment. The result is a rather distressing "behind closed doors" and soon we no longer know very well who is the victim and who is the executioner. Is Helen getting mad and how far is she willing to go to get revenge on her ex-lover and keep him always by her side? The two actors play these characters with great talent, and the end of the film is quite surprising.

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