A small-time con man on the run from the gangster-husband of his girlfriend hides out in a strange, brooding mansion run by two mysterious women, where he finds himself trapped in deception between the two women.
Keep watching this one...it gets REALLY good by the end.
"Joy House" (aka "Les Félins") is a French suspense film that really sneaks up on you. That's because about 70% through the film, I was rather bored. However, late in the picture, everything came together so well--so perfectly--that you can't help but really admire the film.
This film begins with a group of paid killers capturing a schnook (Alain Delon) who has apparently ticked off the boss. However, despite beating the snot out of the guy, he's able to escape and desperately looks for a place to hide. He wanders into the lives of two ladies (Jane Fonda and Lola Albright) and they help him hide and give him a job as a chauffeur. This is a bit strange and it's all chalked up to the ladies being full of love of the poor and destitute. However, through the course of the film, Delon picks up on some clues that PERHAPS these women aren't such wonderful benefactors--and he is being kept their for nefarious reasons. However, if he leaves, the killers will find him and dispatch him. What's next?!
In many ways, this film is very reminiscent of a later Delon film, "Diaboliquement Vôtre". Both have wonderful endings and both involve Delon being held in a mansion due to ulterior motives. So, in a way, this later film is a bit derivative--but still good. Both, however, feature AMAZING endings--deliciously twisted and very satisfying.
By the way, one of the killers is played by Sorrel Booke--the guy who later played 'Boss Hogg' on "The Dukes of Hazard". Also, the DVD case really makes "Joy House" look like a terrifically sexy film. It has its moments, but really is a suspense film not a film with a lot of skin.
Reviewed by ma-cortes6 / 10
Romantic and suspenseful triangle between Delon , Albright and Fonda
A French playboy named Marc(Alain Delon) seduces the spouse of an American gangster who sends his hoodlums after him . Marc on the run from the mobsters terminates on the French Riviera . He hides out by becoming the chauffeur to rich heir named Barbara(Lola Albright) at the Ghotic château that is also where he knows her niece(Jane Fonda)working as servant and continuously tries to seduce him. Meanwhile the goons have got his whereabout.
This intriguing film also titled¨ The love cage¨ contains suspense, noir drama, romance,thrills and splendid acting. Strong main cast formed by Alain Delon, actor most used in Rene Clement films (Blazing sun, Joy of living, Is Paris burning ?), furthermore the American actresses as an attractive mature Lola Albright and a gorgeous Jane Fonda who is always hot for him. As trivia to detach the secondary appearance of George Gaynes, the famous commandant Lassard from Academy Police series. Thrilling and exciting script based on novel titled ¨Joy house¨ by Day Keene. However the argument is a little complicated and full of plot twists. Adequate cinematography in white and black by magnificent cameraman Henry Decae. Atmospheric soundtrack with catching leitmotif by Lalo Schifrin, a classical musician from the 60s and 70s, even today composing . The picture is well realized by Rene Clement . He's an expert on thrillers(Baby sitter, House under the trees, Rider on the rain) and WWII films(Is Paris burning?,The damned, Battle of the rails), resulting to be his best one titled ¨Forbidden games¨. Rating: Good and better than average. This nice movie will appeal to Alain Delon and Jane Fonda fans.
Reviewed by claudio_carvalho7 / 10
Suspenseful Neo-Noir Film by René Clément
After seducing the wife of a powerful mobster in New York, the bon- vivant wolf Marc (Alain Delon) travels to the French Riviera. However the mobster orders his gangsters to travel to France and bring Marc's head to him. They kidnap Marc but he succeeds to flee. Without any money, he hides in a mission for poor people. While donating food and supplies to the mission, the wealthy widow Barbara (Lola Albright) and her niece and housemaid Melinda (Jane Fonda) meet Marc and she hires him to be her chauffeur. He moves to a castle-like mansion and believes Barbara has hired him to have sex with her while Melinda falls for him. But Marc decides to investigate the death of Barbara's wife and discloses a hidden secret and that his life is in danger. What will Marc do?
"Les félins" is a suspenseful neo-noir film by the fantastic French director René Clément. The screenplay has many twists and two femme fatale with a great story. The only but is the adorable and irresistible Jane Fonda in the role of Melina. Marc (Alain Delon) is a handsome man but how could he resist to the sexy Melinda (Jane Fonda) in the top of her beauty? Better of a less sexy and beautiful actress in this role. My vote is seven.