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Les Cousins (1959)
"Les cousins" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  23 November 1959 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Blain ...
Charles
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Paul Thomas
Juliette Mayniel ...
Florence
Guy Decomble ...
Le libraire
Geneviève Cluny ...
Geneviève
Michèle Méritz ...
Yvonne
Corrado Guarducci ...
Italian Count Minerva
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Françoise
Paul Bisciglia ...
Marc
Jeanne Pérez ...
La femme de ménage
Françoise Vatel ...
Martine
André Chanal
Gilbert Edard
Clara Gansard
Jean-Louis Maury ...
Un étudiant joueur de bridge
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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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23 November 1959 (USA)  »

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FRF 6,000,000 (estimated)
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Soundtracks

40e Symphonie en Sol Majeur (Koechel 550) 1er movement
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra (as Orchestre Symphonique de Londres)
Conducted by Josef Krips (as Joseph Krips)
Disque DECCA
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Chabrol's tribute to 'Les Enfants Terribles' is his least typical film, but contains many seeds of his later genius.
12 February 2001 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

Chabrol before he truly became Chabrol. This might seem to be one of his more 'realistic' films, with its obligatory nouvelle vague scene of Parisian freewheeling, but one of 'Les Cousins'' main themes is the disparity between reality and fantasy, and the fate of those who cannot tell between them. Just as paul turns his personality into a series of roles, his life into ritualistic tableaux, so Chabrol suffuses his realistic narrative with references to myth, fable, fairy tale, opera, and, especially, film.

'Les Cousins' plays like a counterpart to Melville's 'Les Enfants Terribles', with the same theatricality, claustrophobia, incestuousness, and mythological base; the same cinematographer, even one of Melville's actors! most interesting is the development of Chabrol's style, the lockjaw camerawork, the complex use of point of view, the puncturing of solemnity with incongruous humour (see especially the hilarious 'fish' scene).


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