Jigsaw (1979 film)

Jigsaw (French: L'Homme en colère) is a 1979 Canadian-French drama film directed by Claude Pinoteau and starring Lino Ventura and Angie Dickinson.

L'Homme en colère
Directed byClaude Pinoteau
Written byClaude Pinoteau
Charles E. Israel
Jean-Claude Carrière
StarringLino Ventura
Angie Dickinson
CinematographyJean Boffety
Edited byMarie-Josèphe Yoyotte
Music byClaude Bolling
Release date
  • March 14, 1979 (1979-03-14)

Ventura later said of the film, "The story had problems. They were not worked out. It is easy to say, the story is everything, it must be good. But then you ask, 'What is a good story?' and I must say to you, that is one of the mysteries of the cinema."[1]


Romain Dupré (Lino Ventura), a retired and widowed French commercial pilot, arrives in Montreal from Paris. He has been summoned to identify the body of his estranged son, Julien (Laurent Malet), who was killed in a police shootout. But the body Dupré is presented with at the morgue is not of his son. The dead man, who was in possession of Julien's passport, is eventually identified as Luigi Lentini, a wanted criminal. Police superintendent MacKenzie (Chris Wiggins) informs Dupré that his son has overstayed his visa, and suggests he may have sold his passport for money.

Realising that Julien is probably in trouble and possibly in danger, Dupré embarks on a search for his son. On his way, he meets Karen (Angie Dickinson), a beautiful and voluble ex-convict...



L'Homme en colère was Pinoteau's fourth film, and the third starring Lino Ventura. It was shot in Montreal and the Laurentian Mountains.[2] It remains as the only film in which Lino Ventura, a man known for his moral values and who had been married for more than 35 years, ever kissed a woman on the mouth. According to director Claude Pinoteau, "It was like asking him to perform some frighteningly dangerous stunt".[3]


In Le Monde, Jean de Baroncelli praised Pinoteau for his direction, stating that the film "intrigues, captivates", but described the father-son relationship as "unconvincing".[2]


  1. ^ FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS Lino Ventura is one star who thanks his lucky stars Scott, Jay. The Globe and Mail 12 Sep 1980: P.15.
  2. ^ a b de Baroncelli, Jean (March 16, 1979). ""L'Homme en colère" de Claude Pinoteau". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Smyth, Robin (November 12, 1987). "French Actor Lino Ventura Lived For Films, Family, Friends". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 17, 2016.

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