7.4/10
1,855
12 user 36 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(scenario), (dialogue)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Le beau Serge (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much, but the people have, especially his old friend Serge who has ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Gérard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michèle Méritz
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano, Stéphane Audran
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

André Mercier, a journalist known as Albin Mercier, is a failed, embittered writer. Sent to cover an event in Germany, he gets to know Andreas Hartmann, another writer who, for his part, ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jacques Charrier, Stéphane Audran, Walther Reyer
Leda (1959)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A wealthy wine grower has trouble with his wife, his children, his best friend, and his mistress across the way, who is murdered.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Madeleine Robinson, Antonella Lualdi, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Les Biches (1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Architect Paul Thomas insinuates himself into the relationship of two bisexual women living in a St. Tropez villa with tragic consequences.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacqueline Sassard, Stéphane Audran
Le Boucher (1970)
Certificate: GP Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy. Pierre's wife Clotilde has been weak and sickly for years. Lucienne's ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Michel Piccoli, Claude Piéplu
Certificate: M Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Charles Desvallées has good reasons to believe that his wife is cheating on him and hires a P.D. in order to prove himself right. Once he knows the lover is writer Victor Pégala, he drives ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet, Maurice Ronet
Certificate: GP Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Single father obsessed with murdering the hit&run driver who killed his only child, poses as a screenwriter to get close to an actress who was in the death car. He feels fully prepared to ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Michel Duchaussoy, Caroline Cellier, Jean Yanne
The Breach (1970)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son's ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Michel Bouquet
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet, Marie Trintignant
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A new-hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk, who encourages her to rebel against her employers.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bisset
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Charles
...
Paul Thomas
...
Florence
Guy Decomble ...
Le libraire
Geneviève Cluny ...
Geneviève
Michèle Méritz ...
Yvonne
Corrado Guarducci ...
Italian Count Minerva
...
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

What You Missed at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

From the madness of the convention floor to the emotional panel reveals and star-studded interviews, catch up on all the unforgettable sights from Comic-Con.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cousins  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 6,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

French visa # 21355. See more »

Quotes

Paul Thomas: Don't worry. You'll bounce back. You're just learning how to live. You have nothing to be ashamed of.
Charles: Really?
Paul Thomas: Charles, I envy you all the happy times ahead.
Charles: Shut up. I've messed up everything.
Paul Thomas: Not at all, you numbskull! A little time - that's all. A girl and an exam aren't the end of the world.
Charles: I wish that's all it was.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Les Bonnes Femmes (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Prélude de Mort d'Isolde(extrait de Tristan et Isolde)
Music by Richard Wagner
Performed by Orchestre de la Société du Two Conservatoire
Conducted by Carl Schuricht
Disque DECCA
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Casey Stengel was right, "Nice guys finish last..."
29 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film by Claude Chabrol reminds me of the old story of the country mouse and the city mouse. The country mouse is excited to see the big city but his bumbling provincial ways are out of step with his more sophisticated city cousin. This seems to be pretty much the basis for this film, "Les Cousins"! Though of course, being a Chabrol film it will have some dark edges and twists!

Charles is the guy raised in the country. He's slow and lacks confidence with women. Paul, on the other hand, was raised in the city and women hang all over him and put out like crazy for him. When Charles comes to stay with him while he goes to college, he is quite the contrast to Paul who is a confident ladies' man. He's also more bookish and introspective than Paul. All Paul wants is to have a good time and have sex--and he couldn't care less about his studies at the college. And, in a way, Paul has contempt for his cousin when Charles falls head over heels for Florence--and he soon beds Florence and asks her to move in with him. As for Charles, he is sad but sinks his energy into his classwork and tries to do the right thing. What's next for this odd mismatched pair? Bet you won't be able to guess!

This film is considered by many to be one of the best and earliest New Wave films. Like many New Wave movies, the normal film formulas are turned on their head and goodness isn't necessarily rewarded and the ending is quite ambiguous. Well worth seeing and darkly enjoyable.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?