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Cousin, Cousine

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  • Actors: Marie-Christine Barrault, Victor Lanoux, Marie-France Pisier, Guy Marchand, Ginette Garcin
  • Directors: Jean-Charles Tacchella
  • Writers: Jean-Charles Tacchella, Danièle Thompson
  • Producers: Daniel Toscan du Plantier
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PGUT82
  • Learn more about "Cousin, Cousine" on IMDb

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By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on April 28, 2005
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If you have a playful sense of humor and enjoy films with an early Fellini (celebration of life-quirky characters) flavor, you should make it a point to watch "Cousin Cousine". Released in 1975, on the surface this is just an off-beat love story about two middle-aged "cousins-by marriage" who are drawn to each other by a shared playfulness. These kindred spirits awaken in each other a zestful and irreverent attitude toward life that distances them from their large (and somewhat strange) extended family. They want to experience as much of life as possible, the man has made it a practice to change professions (not just jobs) every three years so that nothing gets stale. They are very open about their affair, reasoning that the rest of the family will think the worst anyway. Not surprisingly their affair also distances them from their respective spouses, who do not share their fun-loving and irreverent attitudes.

The lovers are played by Christine Barrault (nominated for an Oscar) and Victor Lanoux. Although they are fun and likable characters, most of the comedy in this film emanates from the performances of the actors who play their respective spouses. Guy Marchand plays Barrault's husband as a cranky and pathetic Cassanova whose philandering lifestyle is cramped by his inability to cope with his wife's sudden infidelity. Marie-France Pisier, as Lanoux's neurotic airhead wife, subtly steals each scene in which she appears; when a character introduces themselves with the revelation that the only time they have ever been happy was during hypnotherapy, you know that interesting moments are ahead. And for what it is worth Pisier is breathtakingly beautiful.
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I absolutely urge you to see this one. It may be the most giddily romantic movie I've ever seen -- the leads are so likable, the premise is so . . . so French, the music is so infectious, and the final shot is just perfection. I won't give any of the plot away, but plot is just the beginning of what makes this work (so steer clear of the mediocre American remake, Cousins). Only bad moment: a supposedly dead character whose eyelids are fluttering like a flag in a hurricane (I think he thought his face was off-camera, but someone should have caught it). I saw it at 10 p.m. in a theater in 1975 and had planned to stay for a midnight movie of something else, but this movie so entranced me that I left and didn't see another movie for weeks. See it!
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Two entirely likeable people are suffering because of the infidelities of their respective mates until they find each other. Warm, charming and very life affirming.
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Lovely story smartly played by Lanoux and Barreau. The couple takes us on the road of their love story and the difficult and unconventionnal choices they make are, at the same time, a delight and a source of reflexion. Enchanting. Good part for Marchand.
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By 410 on August 29, 2010
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More a Hollywood film spoken in French than something you might find from Eric Rohmer or Truffaut. An affair between cousins (related by marriage) wreaks havoc with the "other" spouses, each of whom has some "issues" the filmmakers use as light comedy. The so so laughs emerge as absurd and morbid comments from oddball family members, though many fall flat.

The two leads really do have remarkable on screen chemistry, the main thing going for this film, but this slight and shallow film doesn't ring the least bit true to life. Frankly, I was a little horrified to see the filmmakers show the children smiling gleefully (Hollywood happy ending) as the leads run off with one each other on Christmas Day - when was the last time you saw children handing separation and divorce that way? Far imperfect, but it has its charms. A better script might have made for a bitter-sweet classic.
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It begins at a wedding where two unhappily married step-cousins meet. They begin a friendship, very platonic, spending a lot of time together. They enjoy being together and decide not to have sex in order to remain honest with their spouses and other relatives. But of course everyone thinks they're having sex, so our couple decides, since everyone thinks they are, they might as well. The movie ends on Christmas Eve with them locked in a bedroom all night while the families celebrate and stew over what's going on. They end up leaving together. The point is that this illicit affair is more honest and lovong than either of their lives were with their spouses. It's a point well taken, but the simple pleasure of their lives together is certainly fantasized. Other vignettes throughout this comedy illuminate other hypocracies in mid-70's society. It's all very mild and somewhat sugar-coated, with the characters being parodies of types rather than real people with real feelings. This is true of the cousins, too, but there is something sweet and innocent--and sensual in their lovemaking--that makes watching them pleasing.
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