Review: ‘Les Cousins’

Tale of a country cousin trying to make it in the big city, and destroyed in the process, gets offbeat treatment from promising new and youthful director Claude Chabrol. It develops into a looksee at a certain restless youth.

Tale of a country cousin trying to make it in the big city, and destroyed in the process, gets offbeat treatment from promising new and youthful director Claude Chabrol. It develops into a looksee at a certain restless youth.

The country cousin, Charles (Gerard Blain), comes to stay with his worldly, decadent cousin, Paul (Jean-Claude Brialy). His attempts at love and exams fail while his indolent, debauched cousin gets all.

Chabrol has gone in for a little too much symbolism. The characters sometimes remain murky and literary rather than real form. But concise progression, fine technical aspects, and the look at innocence destroyed by the profane keeps it absorbing, despite the slightly pretentious treatment at times.

Les Cousins

France

Production

AJYM. Director Claude Chabrol; Producer Claude Chabrol; Screenplay Claude Chabrol, Paul Gegauff; Camera Henri Decae; Editor Jacques Gaillard; Music Paul Misraki;; Art Director Jacques Saulnier, Bernard Evein

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1959. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Gerard Blain Jean-Claude Brialy Juliette Mayniel Claude Cerval Guy Decomble Stephane Audran
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