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The Cousins Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gérard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Juliette Mayniel, Stéphane Audran, Michèle Méritz, Guy Decomble

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THE COUSINS (Les Cousins) is a movie produced, written and directed by Claude Chabrol in 1958. The picture won the Golden Bear at the 1959 Berlin Film Festival and is a milestone of the French new wave.

Charles has just arrived in Paris at his cousin Paul's apartment in order to begin his law studies. Coming from the country, the rather naive Charles is introduced by Paul in his circle of well-off friends who think more of boozing and having sex than preparing for their exams. Charles falls in love with Florence, a young girl who sees this group. Paul who foresees that his cousin will only suffer if he carries on this relationship, asks Florence to give up loving Charles. From this moment on a desperate Charles will choose to work all days long in order to forget Florence.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   boatload of casual sex without love    -   matchbreaker interference Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   French Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of group of friends

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing

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