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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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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

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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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Gross USA:

$8,700,000, 31 December 1976
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This film was remade in the 1980s as 'Cousins' with Ted Danson in the US. See more »

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Ludovic: Music, champagne. What a life!
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so lightweight, it almost evaporates on the screen
12 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Two adult cousins go well beyond the kissing stage in this lighthearted French comedy, a popular choice for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, thanks in large part to its casually forthright attitude toward the joys of physical affection. The two lovers, each already married, are blithely unconcerned with the opinions of others, taking an altogether healthy pleasure in scandalizing their extended (bourgeois) family by retiring to the bedroom for hours on end during holiday reunions, and so forth. A surplus of natural charm, combined with a refreshing (and typically French) lack of romantic melodrama, make it an easy film to enjoy, and an unsurprising candidate for the inevitable glossy Hollywood remake, fourteen years later.


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