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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
The film, actually, had excellent continuity. That was one thing I noticed since the shots were very sporadic. They always caught the character doing the same action he/she was doing before the cut. That is a hard job for any editor and takes an eye for detail.
I enjoyed the film very much. As someone who watches a lot of historic fiction, I thought the costumes (except for Bette's - if she was a costume maker, she could have made herself much better clothes) were wonderful, especially Hortense's. I enjoyed Jenny Cadine's character as well as Bob Hoskin's portrayal of Cesar Crevel.
One critique I have is that the atmosphere was not very French. Hortense could pass, but everyone else was rather English-looking. I understand they were English actors, but I feel there could have been more effort.
Bottom line: Plot was devilish and delightful. And Jessica Lange was perfect (between this movie and Hush with Gwyneth Paltrow, the woman kind of freaks me out).
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