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Cousin cousine (1975)

Two distant cousins meet at a wedding banquet for an elderly couple. Over time, a close friendship develops between them, but their spouses begin to think that they are more than just friends.
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie-France Pisier ... Karine / Ludovic's wife
Victor Lanoux ... Ludovic / Karine's Husband
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Marthe / Pascal's wife
Guy Marchand ... Pascal / Marthe's Husband
Ginette Garcin ... Biju
Sybil Maas Sybil Maas ... Diane
Popeck Popeck ... Sacy
Pierre Plessis Pierre Plessis ... Gobert
Catherine Verlor Catherine Verlor ... Nelsa / Ludovic and Karine's daughter
Hubert Gignoux Hubert Gignoux ... Thomas
Françoise Caillaud Françoise Caillaud ... Peggy
Véronique Dancier Véronique Dancier ... Clarence
Catherine Day Catherine Day ... Woman on bench
Carine Delamare Carine Delamare ... Pupil of tap dance
Maite Delamare Maite Delamare ... Fernande
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Storyline

Husband and wife Ludovic and Karine, and Ludovic's sixteen year old daughter Nelsa lead a relatively carefree life. Motorcycle riding Ludovic, a dance instructor, changes jobs every three years to keep himself interested in whatever he's doing. Ludovic recently remarried, this time to landscape designer Karine, a younger, beautiful woman who regardless is insecure due to her immaturity. Since she doesn't know how to handle that insecurity, Ludovic has placed Karine in various forms of therapy to help her with her life. Nelsa can see the cruelties that life has to offer, and although she doesn't like them, tries to embrace them to expose them for what they are. Ludovic wants to give everybody in his life, including Karine and Nelsa, as much freedom as they need to be happy. Husband and wife Pascal and Marthe and their adolescent son Eric lead a typical middle class life. Pharmaceutical salesman Pascal likes to think of himself as important to bolster his own sense of masculinity, which... Written by Huggo

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A rare romantic comedy

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cousin Cousin See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,700,000, 31 December 1976
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Features Marie-Christine Barrault's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

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@ 27 minutes - When Karine's mother tries to revive her newly-deceased husband, his eyes are still open, but they continue blink & flutter (as if he was alive). See more »

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Nice movie about having an affair
4 May 2000 | by Geordie-4See all my reviews

This movie was great. It was shown on Bravo cable channel here in America. I was a little buzzed from a night out and came back and found this flic on.

I got it right at the beginning and was taken by the charming chemistry between the two cousins and the very sly and low-key nature of the relationship. That was a great part of the appeal of the movie for me. I also liked the two lead performances. Both were quite quietly confident and did not feel the need to throw themselves at the viewer in order to be seen.

I enjoyed the fact that they thought about how best to get a rise out of their significant others. Well, I thought that was interesting and it showed two thoughtful people considering how best to achieve their goal and not totally consumed by lust. The reactions of the two effected spouses were very funny too. The two who were in the affair were very funny as they tried to contrive more and more ways to get back at their spouses. It was very interesting and not as glossed over as Hollywood films in which it takes the two cheating partners about 17.23 seconds to jump in the sack together. This movie played itself out and one could see how they moved from a platonic to a full relationship.


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