Review: ‘Cousin Cousine’

A gritty comedy of family manners built around the family rituals of marriage, death, etc. A pic that is flippant, observant, with a love story between two new cousins, both married.

A gritty comedy of family manners built around the family rituals of marriage, death, etc. A pic that is flippant, observant, with a love story between two new cousins, both married.

Jean-Charles Tacchella did better with his first film, Trip in Tartarie, that showed a man roaming about after the violent killing of his wife by a drunk with a gun. Here he shows more content, but there is a predictability and a flat visual treatment that called for more unique angles and more astute, revealing cutting.

Players are acceptable, with Guy Marchand properly callow as the small-time Don Juan who gives up his girls to keep his wife but finds her attachment to her new cousin has grown so that she finally leaves him and their son to go off. Victor Lanoux and Marie-Christine Barrault are entrancing as the new couple, while Marie-France Pisier is shrewdly perceptive as the neurotic wife of the man.

Cousin Cousine

France

Production

Pomereu/Gaumont. Director Jean-Charles Tacchella; Producer Bertrand Javal; Screenplay Jean-Charles Tacchella; Camera Georges Lendi; Editor Agnes Guillemot; Music Gerard Anfasso

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Marie-Christine Barrault Victor Lanoux Marie-France Pisier Guy Marchand Ginette Garcin Sybil Maas
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