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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.
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie-France Pisier ... Karine
Victor Lanoux ... Ludovic
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Marthe
Guy Marchand ... Pascal
Ginette Garcin ... Biju
Sybil Maas Sybil Maas ... Diane
Popeck Popeck ... Sacy
Pierre Plessis Pierre Plessis ... Gobert
Catherine Verlor Catherine Verlor ... Nelsa
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


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


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


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


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Marthe: I'd like to travel, but not as a tourist. I'd like to stay in places indefinitely.
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Remade as Cousins (1989) See more »

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To quote Mrs. Lovejoy, "What about the children?"
25 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If the movie had just been about a man and a woman having an affair after their partners first had an affair, this might have been a good movie. The first unfaithful pair consisted of a guy who was a serial adulterer who should have needed a case of Viagra just to keep up with his many affairs and the lady was a self-involved neurotic. SO, when THEIR spouses get together and build a friendship and then eventually sleep together, you have some sympathy for them. BUT, what about the children? They both have kids (and one of them is pretty young), but all they are concerned about is their infatuation and getting back at their unfaithful spouses. While this might have been accepted by audiences when the film was released, I just felt this was ugly and selfish. They could have divorced their slimy spouses, but neither showed any regard for the innocent kids. The film is well-made but way too self-centered to have any positive lasting message.

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25 July 1976 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.78 : 1
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