Cousin Bette

Synopsis: Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her niece, Hortense Hulot. Failing to do so, she instead finds solace and company in a handsome young sculptor she saves from starvation. But the aspiring artist soon finds love in the arms of another woman, Hortense, leaving Bette a bitter spinster. Bette plots to take revenge on the family who turned her away and stole her only love. With the help of famed courtesan Jenny Cadine she slowly destroys the lives of those who have scorned her.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Des McAnuff
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Dr. Bianchon?


When will my suffering end?


- Bless you, Doctor.

- Dear Madame.

- Lovely... and noble creature.

- Go now.


- Doctor?

- It hardly seems the time.

However, one must, for the sake

of one's conscience...

Your bill, Madame.

I have squandered everything.

All of it.

- On Josephat.

- You were young.

And Valerie de Marneffe.

Took advantage

of your kind heart.

- Mademoiselle Tarquay.

- I'm your wife, not your judge.

I promise you now that I will

never, ever be unfaithful again.

I shall give up Jenny Cadine.

Jenny... Cadine?


Here... at your side.

As always, Cousin.

Do you remember our garden?

- At Saint-Aubin?

- The lilacs.

- Black as plums.

- I would like some at my grave.

You have always loved

beautiful things.

And you craved plain muslin,

dearest Bette.

Rooting around in the garden,

pulling up turnips.

Never without good Saint-Aubin

soil beneath your nails.

Countess Cabbage, we called you.

You never minded.

A family like ours could only

push forward one girl.

Your beauty benefited all of us.

- You tried to drown me.

- An accident.

How they beat you.

I don't remember.


I'll be gone before nightfall.

My daughter will need you

more than ever.

Oh... if only

I had seen her married.

Promise me you'll

take care of them, Bette.

I promise

I'll take care of them.

I'll take care of them all.

Let heavenly wings

enfold this angel...

and take her to her reward.


[Children laughing]


Poor child.

Oh, Adeline.


Your devotion to her...

Monsieur de Baron.

Faithful Hector...

all alone.

[Weeping loudly]

- Perhaps I should go.

- No. Please.

I need you here beside me.

I hope I might speak candidly

to you on the subject of...

- Always.

- About a matter...

- Yes?

- A matter somewhat...


- A somewhat delicate matter.

- Don't hesitate.

I was hoping...


Well, you must agree...


- Mariette.

- Mademoiselle.

- A girl alone...

- Tragic.

Needing a mother. Who better?

Who a more logical choice?

Well, you know I love Hortense

as if she were my own daughter.

You don't think it

unseemly haste?

Don't you think we should wait?

- We should wait.

- On the other hand...

It is what our dear Adeline

would have wanted.

I'll tell the children.


Come and join us, please.

And bring your brother

and your sister-in-law.

We're coming, Father.

Oh, God, what now?

[Man speaking indistinctly]

I don't know

what's the matter.

Is Cousin Bette here?


Children, I have

something to tell you.

Not that I could ever take

her place in your hearts, but...

Bette has agreed to be

our housekeeper.


Father, we can't afford

any additional staff.

You can keep that sewing

job of yours at the theater.

Extra income never hurt anyone.

- But I...

- No, no. Don't thank me.

Don't thank me. My little girl

will be looked after.

It is we who should be

thanking you.

Cousin Bette...


I cannot comprehend

why you'd decline my offer.

You'd be living with us,

instead of in this... hellhole.

Whoa! Whoa.

Whoever heard of a woman living

alone if she doesn't have to?

Good night, Cousin.

[Loud street conversation]



On the other side of heaven

I'll be waiting for you

Where the clouds are so soft

And the sky's baby blue

Stop, stop, stop, please,

Mademoiselle Cadine.

My kitten, you're singing

about lust and corruption,

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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