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Les cousins (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 November 1959 (USA)
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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Charles
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Paul Thomas
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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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French visa # 21355. 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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References The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Crépuscule des Deux (Mort de Siegfried)
Music by Richard Wagner
Performed by Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire
Conducted by Carl Schuricht
Disque DECCA
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Decadence and Death
6 July 2016 | by (United States) – 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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