Les Cousins
Les Cousins (1959)

Claude Chabrol provides a few new wrinkles to the old "city mouse/country mouse" fable in Les Cousins. Bucolic Gerald Blain heads to Paris, where he enters into a romantic rivalry with his urbane cousin Jean-Claude Brialy. Their… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 23, 1959
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

The director tackles his great theme-the puncturing of bourgeois moralism, albeit at a price-with a joyful, quasi-Nietzschean derision.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

M. Chabrol has more skill with the camera than he has with the pen, and his picture is more credible to the eye than it is to the skeptical mind. But it is not the less overwhelming.

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Eric Melin

Les Cousins seems to hold contempt for almost every person it characterizes. Although the characterizations are right on, some of the movie relies too much on melodrama and easy plot devices.

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Variety Staff

Concise progression, fine technical aspects, and the look at innocence destroyed by the profane keeps it absorbing, despite the slightly pretentious treatment at times.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

This is Chabrol's second film, and its subtle development of character points toward the dense structures of his later films with their reluctance either to condemn or extol without reservation.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

too programmed, too deterministic, and ultimately too cynical

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A fine, richly detailed tableau of student life in Paris, and Chabrol's first statement (in his second film) of his sardonic view of life as a matter of the survival of the fittest.

Fernando F. Croce

Reversing the setting and characters of Le Beau Serge, Claude Chabrol discovers the acerbic stylization that he would for the rest of his career polish and sharpen

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Emanuel Levy

Claude Chabrol's terrific second feature, an intriguing study of the nasty rivalry bewtwen two cousins that captures the decadent life of Paris' bourgeoisie, established him as a major voice of the French New Wave.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Chabrol creates a darkly ironic film that impresses with its stunning cinematography and mise-en-scène, excellent performances (especially Jean-Claude Brialy)… More
Chris Browning
Les Cousins is Claude Chabrol's second feature that he wrote at the same time as his first, Le beau Serge, but filmed second as Le beau Serge was the… More
Stefanie C
Absorbing. Gerard Blain is subtle, yet mesmerizing.
Antonius Block
This movie by French New Wave filmmaker Claude Chabrol has a pretty simple plot, but was enjoyable nonetheless. In a nutshell, Charles, an innocent and… More