Rent The Cousins (1959)

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1h 49min
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Synopsis:
Made barely a year after Claude Chabrol's debut Le Beau Serge, Les Cousins featured the earlier film's same starring pair of Jean - Claude Brialy and Gérard Blain, here reversing the good-guy/bad-guy roles of the previous picture. The result is a simmering, venomous study in human temperament that not only won the Golden Bear at the 1959 Berlin Film Festival, but also drew audiences in droves, and effectively launched Chabrol's incredible fifty-year-long career.
In Les Cousins, Blain's character journeys from the country to Paris to crash at the luxurious flat of his worldly and decadent cousin, portrayed by Brialy, during the study period for an upcoming law exam which both have set out to undertake. It becomes clear soon enough that only one of the cousins is terribly committed to his work; as sexual promises and alcohol intervene, the set-up becomes untenable for the provincial, - and a tragic slide ensues.
A gripping and urbane examination of city and country, ambition and ease, Les Cousins continues to captivate and shock audiences with its brilliant scenario, the performances of Brialy and Blain, and the assuredness of Chabrol's precocious directorial hand.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Claude Chabrol, Roland Nonin
Writers:
Claude Chabrol, Paul Gégauff
Aka:
Les Cousins
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
France, Classics, Drama
Awards:

1959 Berlinale Golden Bear

BBFC:
Release Date:
08/04/2013
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • A 47 - minute documentary about the making of the film
  • L'Homme qui vendit la Tour Eiffel (The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower), Chabrol's 1964 short film
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/04/2013
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • A 47-minute Documentary About the Making of the Film
  • L'Homme qui vendit la Tour Eiffel (The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower), a short film by Chabrol from 1964

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