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Cousin Bette (1998)

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Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her ... See full summary »

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Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her niece, Hortense Hulot. Failing to do so, she instead finds solace and company in a handsome young sculptor she saves from starvation. But the aspiring artist soon finds love in the arms of another woman, Hortense, leaving Bette a bitter spinster. Bette plots to take revenge on the family who turned her away and stole her only love. With the help of famed courtesan Jenny Cadine she slowly destroys the lives of those who have scorned her. Written by <CherylC894@aol.com>

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Who knew deception, treachery and revenge could be this much fun...

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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La prima Bette  »

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$76,488 (USA) (12 June 1998)

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$1,200,000 (USA)
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Melanie Lynskey was considered for the role of Hortense Hulot. See more »

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Vauvinet, the Moneylender: It's the not about the money, you understand...
Victorin Hulot: I understand.
Vauvinet, the Moneylender: ...It's the principle.
Victorin Hulot: I understand.
Vauvinet, the Moneylender: So if you don't repay us, we kill you, your wife and children and throw your bodies into the Seine.
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Victorin Hulot: I understand.
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Version of La cousine Bette (1928) See more »

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Le Carilloneur
Performed by Elisabeth Shue
Music and Lyrics by Danny Troob and Des McAnuff
Adapted from the music of Pierre de Beranger
Produced by Simon Boswell
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What a "Stinker!"
15 August 2000 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

God awful dramatization of Balzac's story of the same name. Lange and Shue are dreadfully miscast, and the script writer completely failed to capture this wry and bitter tale.

If you want to see this story with real meat on its bones, try finding a copy of the 1971 Masterpiece Theatre production. Margaret Tyzack makes Jessica Lange look like milk toast.


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