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Thierry Tevini ... Julien
Anja Schüte ... Julia (as Anja Shute)
Valérie Dumas ... Poune (as Valerie Dumas)
Évelyne Dandry ... Aunt Adèle (as Evelyne Dandry)
Elisa Servier ... Claire
Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Charles

Macha Méril ... Agnès - la mère de Julien (as Macha Meril)
Hannes Kaetner ... Professor Schöberg
Silke Rein ... Liselotte Schöberg
Laure Dechasnel ... Clementine
Pierre Vernier ... Julien's Father
Jean Rougerie ... Monsieur Lacroix
Catherine Rouvel ... Madame Lacroix
Gaëlle Legrand ... Mathilde (as Gaelle Legrand)

Anne Fontaine ... Justine
Carmen Weber ... Madeleine
Fanny Bastien ... Angèle (as Fanny Meunier)
Jean-Louis Fortuit ... Antoine
Pierre Chantepie ... Matthieu
Jean-Pierre Rambal ... Postman Bazu

Directed by
David Hamilton 
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Pascal Lainé (based on the novel by)

Josiane Lévêque (adaptation and dialogue) and
Claude d'Anna (adaptation and dialogue)

Werner P. Zibaso (co-author) (as Jan Wilhelmi)

Produced by
Véra Belmont .... producer
Linda Gutenberg .... producer
Hans Pflüger .... co-producer
Georg M. Reuther .... line producer
Sam Waynberg .... co-producer
Original Music by
Karin Trouw 
Cinematography by
Bernard Daillencourt 
Film Editing by
Jean-Bernard Bonis 
Costume Design by
Ute Meyer-Martin 
Other crew
Claude d'Anna .... technical consultant

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Germany:92 min | West Germany:86 min (25 fps) (TV version) | USA:90 min
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Finland:K-16 (1988) (video release) | Finland:K-18 (1982) (theatrical release) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16 (nf)

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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
More than just photography (and a lack of them), 30 September 2005
Author: przgzr from Zagreb, Croatia

Most reviews say that this is the weakest point in Hamilton's short movie career. This movie is a bit different from the rest, and considering it the best or the worst depends on what you expect from a movie, and what you expect from Hamilton.

Knowing Hamilton as a photographer, you can be slightly surprised. While Bilitis looks like his books in a movement with all those young girls discovering themselves and relations with each other on the edge of lesbian, with a plot connecting these scenes, Laura concentrates on few characters what enables developing relations among them (male-female, artist-model) but though we see beautiful photos, many of them better than his average, their number is reduced for the sake of the plot. Tendres cousines is different from both, it is only Hamilton's movie that looks more like a film than like a collection of moving photos. Because of that it can be acceptable to wider audience than Hamilton's fans, looking like an erotic comedy (but not German soft-core type - "Schulmädchen report" fans would be very disappointed). You won't laugh a lot, but you can smile (and that's something you don't often get from Hamilton). Unlike all other Hamilton's movies the age of female varies. Unlike other movies main character is a boy. Unlike his usual works this one isn't put out of place and out of time. We have characters that live their life, have their destiny and don't lead us only from one photo to another, from one nude girl to another.

Unfortunately, Hamilton (again) gets lost with a script in his hands. Girls on beaches, under shower, in low-light rooms, in gardens, under tents, in front of mirrors, regardless of the amount of clothes - this is his territory, he can shoot minutes and hours, and whatever he does you'll always feel the artist's eye and hand behind it. But when he has to present us average everyday life he stops being Hamilton and becomes average director who just follows the script. Hamilton is best known for his nudes, but they are just a part of his work. And in Tendres cousines we have a reverse situation: his girls are not in the best shots. Nature, garden, house remind us on Hamilton's work (often neglected part of it), while girls, even when nude, don't have anything special in the way he presents us. Maybe Hamilton was confused having a boy in front of camera, maybe he was thinking about a line that censorship would accept, maybe he was really trying to make something new (and no one dared to tell him he shouldn't), but he neglected what he was mostly praised for.

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