Cousin cousine

Synopsis: Husband and wife Ludovic and Karine, and Ludovic's sixteen year old daughter Nelsa lead a relatively carefree life. Motorcycle riding Ludovic, a dance instructor, changes jobs every three years to keep himself interested in whatever he's doing. Ludovic recently remarried, this time to landscape designer Karine, a younger, beautiful woman who regardless is insecure due to her immaturity. Since she doesn't know how to handle that insecurity, Ludovic has placed Karine in various forms of therapy to help her with her life. Nelsa can see the cruelties that life has to offer, and although she doesn't like them, tries to embrace them to expose them for what they are. Ludovic wants to give everybody in his life, including Karine and Nelsa, as much freedom as they need to be happy. Husband and wife Pascal and Marthe and their adolescent son Eric lead a typical middle class life. Pharmaceutical salesman Pascal likes to think of himself as important to bolster his own sense of masculinity, which
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Production: Criterion Collection
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations.
95 min


Ridiculous of your mother

to marry on a Friday.

After we eat, I'll go to the office.

-Do what you want, darling.

Am I wearing too much make-up?

-As always.

Behave well, children.

Don't eat too much ice-cream, like

your cousins at aunt Angle's wedding.

And don't interrupt

any adults, Sylvie.

And no elbows on the table, Olivier.

A wedding is a serious matter.

Two flowers that have been reunited.

I'll sing something for you.

-Please don't. You can't sing.

Ok, then I'll show you my butt.

Is your father the cousin of my mother?

Can I tell you everything?

I'm only happy

during sleep therapy.

My first husband was a psychiatrist.

His name was George.

I owe everything to him.


Little bastards. Go away.

Why do people who marry

invite their families?

They have no choice.

-Of course they do.

You're not obliged to come.

-But I like to.

I'm the cousin of the groom.

-I know that.

Uncle Gaston, the cycling champion,

lived with two women.

When one died,

the other one committed suicide.

So he had two funerals on one day.

Stphane, do you think uncle Eugne

is the daddy of your 2 year old cousin?

Well, he's not. Ask aunt

Marcelle who is.

And now...

-Enough talk. We're going home.

You can talk more in two months,

at Jocelyne's wedding.

I sprained my foot.

Bye, mum.

-Bye, sweetheart.

Have you seen Pascal?


Give him our regards. We're going.

I can't find them anywhere.

What a beautiful sunset.

My husband's car is gone already.

Have you been married long?

-Eight years.

Me eleven.

What does your husband do?

-He's a sales representative.

I work at an office as a secretary.

And you?

I'm a dancing teacher.


No, I teach tango, tap-dancing, charleston...

How does one become a dancing teacher?

-By coincidence.

For fun.

I change jobs every three years.

-The moment you're doing well?

No, I don't go for success.

I have another year to go.

What will you do next?

I have a few ideas.

I'd like to cry,

but I can't.

I've never been able to cry.

I just can't.


Come, let's dance.

Music, champagne, what a life.

Are we going, mummy? I've had it.

You're having fun, but it's not funny.

A bit longer, darling.

Do you have any children?

-A daughter, from my first marriage.

She was here, but she already left.

How old is she?


You're not bored, are you?

Has everybody left already?

Karine didn't know the local horticultural

school and she's a landscapist.

She works for the Parks Department.

-I know.

We had car trouble along the way

and it took us an hour to get back.


Will you have dinner with us?

-I have to get up early to find trees.

Fucking car.

I came to bring your key.

-Keep it. Then you can always get in.

No, thanks.

It's getting too serious between us.

Do you understand?

You're right.

I'm busy.

Ok, bye then.

What's wrong?

I can't see you this week.

Or next week. Or ever again.

Did your wife find out?

-Yes, she did.

Goodbye, Nicole.

clinic for family planning

Pascal, I'll be right there.

Everything alright at home?


Listen, Olga. The two of us...

Is that why you came?

Don't look like that.

Have you got a new girlfriend?

What's she like? Tell me.

You're so funny. I don't know

anybody as restless as you.

You can't come in.

Did you want to say something?

-No, nothing.

Don't be jealous. I just met him.


Gilberte, don't cry.

I'm a bastard.

Don't ask me why.

You won't cry?

I'll do what I want.

Get lost.


-F*ck off.

You can't stand there

while we're moving.

Get out.

Get out.

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Jean-Charles Tacchella

Jean-Charles Tacchella (born 23 September 1925) is a French screenwriter and film director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his film Cousin Cousine (1975), which was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and which was later (1989) remade in a US version starring Ted Danson and titled Cousins. more…

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