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Les Cousins (1959)

Les cousins (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 23 November 1959 (USA)
A pair of cousins share a flat, but animosity begins to build between the two when a woman gets involved.

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Charles is a young provincial coming up to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin Paul's flat. Paul is a kind of decadent boy, a disillusioned pleasure-seeker, always dragging along with other idles, while Charles is a plodding, naive and honest man. He fell in love with Florence, one of Paul's acquaintances. But how will Paul react to that attempt to build a real love relationship ? One of the major New Wave films. Written by Yepok

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FRF 6,000,000 (estimated)
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Les Cousins (1959) was originally intended to be Claude Chabrol's first film as a director. However, due to its Paris setting, the movie would be more expensive to shoot. Chabrol decided to make Le Beau Serge (1958) first instead since it would be made on a smaller budget, and then make 'Les Cousins' after. See more »

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La femme de ménage: Were you involved in this orgy, Mr. Charles?
Paul Thomas: Yes, he dipped his toe in. Feeling alright?
Charles: Yes.
Paul Thomas: Some Alka-Seltzer - or cognac?
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Soundtracks

La chevauchée des Walkyries (extrait de La Walkyrie)
Music by Richard Wagner
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker (as Orhcestre Philharmonique de Vienne)
Conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch
Disque DECCA
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Decadence and Death
6 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Charles is a young provincial coming up to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin Paul's flat. Paul is a kind of decadent boy, a disillusioned pleasure-seeker, always dragging along with other idles, while Charles is a plodding, naive and honest man. He fell in love with Florence, one of Paul's acquaintances. But how will Paul react to that attempt to build a real love relationship?

Of the so-called French New Wave directors, Claude Chabrol has been called possibly the most mainstream (though less celebrated than Truffaut or Godard). We could also say he has a remarkable amount of stamina. "Les Cousins" was at the beginning of his career, and for decades he kept making great movies, including the notable "Madame Bovary" in 1991... and still kept going.

I love this film's blend of decadence and death. A simple man, with studies on his mind, is exposed to some bizarre scenes of sensuality, violence, crime, and even Nazi elements (in 1950s France?). This is what it is like if you take two opposing elements and allow them to spin out of control.


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