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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 »

Director:

Des McAnuff

Writers:

Honoré de Balzac (novel), Lynn Siefert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Chaplin ... Adeline
John Benfield ... Dr. Bianchon
Hugh Laurie ... Hector
Jessica Lange ... Bette
Paul Bandey ... Priest
Laura Fraser ... Mariette
Toby Stephens ... Victorin
Kelly Macdonald ... Hortense
Janie Hargreaves Janie Hargreaves ... Célestine
Gillian Martell Gillian Martell ... Portress
Elisabeth Shue ... Jenny Cadine
John Sessions ... Musical Director
Henrik Wager Henrik Wager ... Baritone
Aden Young ... Wenceslas
John Quentin John Quentin ... Elderly Aristocrat
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La prima Bette See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,488, 14 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,200,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Melanie Lynskey was considered for the role of Hortense Hulot. See more »

Quotes

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.
[pause]
Victorin Hulot: I understand.
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Connections

Version of La cousine Bette (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Zapateado
, Opus 23
Music by Pablo de Sarasate
Violin performed by Itzhak Perlman
Piano performed by Samuel Sanders
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Lang is too pretty as Bette
7 November 2001 | by camerontSee all my reviews

A somewhat sanitised version of the Balzac classic which departs disappointingly from the original story. Jessica Lang is far too pretty a version of the downtrodden, wizened old hag Bette of the original and so conveys none of her deviousness in the many schemes to avenge herself against her condescending relatives. Missing completely from the film is arch-whore Valerie, a central character of the book's plot, who dies a grim death from a disfiguring tropical disease at the conclusion, thus removing an important moral message of the tale. Most of Balzac's other works viz. Madame Bovary, contain one of these. That said, costumes and furniture are fairly faultless which shows Hollywood has at least tried to do justice to a great book.


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