Tendres cousines

Synopsis: Summer 1939 in the Provence, France: the 14 years old Julien has a crush on his cousin Julia, who lives together with his family in their small hotel. Unfortunately she ignores him, because she's several years older. Then the hotel guest Charles enters the competition, a slimy twenty-something who lusts for the girl, despite the fact that he's engaged.
90 min

My name is Julien. I'm 15

That's me there

Well - going on 15

Trouble is, I'm in love

with my cousin, Julia

She's great looking

from any angle

See for yourself,

better than Venus

You know, the nude

on the half-shell

Anyway, that's what I think

That's Poune, Julia's sister

Naturallly she's my cousin too


She can talk 5 minutes without

breathing or thinking

The trouble is she's

in love with me.

I don't get 5 minutes alone

to piss

That's my Aunt Adele

She's their mother

She's obsessed with calories

She thinks they gang up on her

and make her fat

That's my sister, Clair

Forever plucking her excess hair

If it didn't grow back,

she'd be bored

She's all set to marry

for money... Him

Forget it, a dull subject

My mother, very nice

but plagued by financial worries

That's why she took in boarders

A German scientist who fled

the Nazis...

with his daughter

And a fading actress who

fled the talkies

That's my father... very dapper

Next to him, we always look like

poor relatives - or slaves

These are the slaves...

Monsieur Lacroix, estate-manager

Madame Lacroix,

his wife

Mathilde, the upstairs maid



and Angela,

the housemaids


and Mathieu, the farmhands

Monsieur Bazu, the mailman

Looks like it'll be

a great summer

It's 1939 and

all's quiet as can be


You could move a little quicker,

and dont dawdle

Me, dawdle?

And that?

Breakfast, Madame

Mathilde... come here,

I want to talk to you


Morning. How are you,

have a good night?

- Oh, he's ugly.

- Who?

Mussolini bathing at the beach.

He's a fright

He must love spaghetti

Stop your barking, it's me.

Good morning, ladies

Morning, Monsieur Bazu

Is he hungry?

He's always hungry, Rex

Nothing for me?

No, Madame Clementine.

Hollywood's still waiting

Oh, the plumber, him again

For Mademoiselle Adele.

It's a striated basalt

It's lovely

It's a stone

Would it be convenient to remove

your bicycle from the marmalade?

I'm sorry. Goodbye, ladies,

have a pleasant day

Your mail pouch, Monsieur Bazu,

but whats in it?



To build a palace

- Good morning, dear

- Morning, Aunt Agnes

Had breakfast?


Well, I must run.

I'm a little scared

Be careful all the same

She'll be up on Prince

for the first time

I found a poppy!

Bad dog. I'm so sorry dear

I thought you were the dog

I hope you weren't hurt

No, it's nothing

Wherere my tweezers?

A little, a lot...

You're getting on my nerves


Stop it

Well, I try

Leave me alone!

Hi, Antoine. Can't win them all

Sorry. You see it all,

don't you, my poor darling?

Listen, I'll tell you another


Im in love. Mustn't tell

What we need here is real men.

There you are. Look at her

Go on, take the tray. And

put your clothes back on

Can't do everything.

Ive got my hands full

And she knows how to use them

It's pretty clear Hitler hasn't

spoiled somebody's appetite

Madelon pours out our drinks

full measure

And in the dark, we feel around

her skirts

He beat his wife

with a hickory stick...

Courage, courage...

and when hed beat her once,

he'd beat her once again...

Why'd you take the straps down?

You think I wouldn't understand?

They'd make marks

Charles, what is it?

I want!


You're crazy

Youre a nuisance.

Youre obsessed

Ive got a right to.

I have, don't l?

In Venice, I thought we decided

Madelon pours out our drinks

full measure, and in the dark

Eat. What a miserable mess

Order is just appearance;

it passes like present time

Thats it?

Madame Agnes' orders

All the boarders who

don't pay... crack!

Even Mademoiselle Clementine...

She's late

You have a letter from Berlin

- Thank you.

- Give me the stamp

Why don't you give me a horse?

In Venice, the horse

What would Justine say?

Oh, Justine is like me..


Yes, she's modern ideas, and

she's not stupid

Stupid and more

Well, can't

win them all. Bad luck

Come here, Rex

Just look at the poor creature,


Stop playing with him

Julien, at last

Julien, my love...

I dressed Rex up like an aviator

Did you notice, I've grown

two inches

- Tell me later.

- All my teeth are in

Julia got a horse... for passing

all her exams, and I got zip

Hello, Mom

A big hello. I've been

waiting for you

Wait, you get one more...

the wetter

The better

Are you hungry?

Yes, he's hungry. Very hungry

Then off to the kitchen because

your aunt's devoured it all

Come on, let's go

He's nearly grown up

See, just the way it was

Monsieur Julien, youre so big

- Im hungry. Anything to eat?

- Sure

- Justine...

- Yes, Ill fix you something

Move over

A little drink of wine?

What happened to you,

your cheeks red

I banged it on the barn door,

that's all

Sure, a barn door - with

All of you, butter your bread

Wake up, Mathieu, pass me

the butter

Yes, Mathieu, wake up.

Pass her the butter

You two, you're too much

One drinks, the other sleeps

Hey, show him your snazzy boots.

Did you see his boots?

Theyre nice

Hey, what's this... what's

this bulge? What is it?

Stop already

Hey, Mathieu, look

Mathieu's asleep; you going

to wake him up for that?

Besides, the children

We know all about it,

don't worry

Well then, you see? You're

the only one who doesn't know

Leave me alone, go find your

barn door

I have the ball right here

- Have your paddle?

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Pascal Lainé

Pascal Lainé (born 10 May 1942 in Anet, Eure-et-Loir) is a French academic, novelist, and writer. Awarded both the Prix Médicis (1971 for l'Irrévolution) and the Goncourt (1974 for La Dentellière), Pascal Lainé has published over 20 novels and has written for television, theater, and film. While recovering from childhood illnesses, Lainé discovered novelists Alexandre Dumas, père and Victor Hugo, aspiring to their kind of voluminous writing, but in school he focused on philosophy and history, becoming an avid student of Immanuel Kant, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Martin Heidegger. He was also drawn to Marxism (both by conviction and from a desire to rile his parents) and he chose Russian as his second foreign language, permitting him to read Anton Chekhov and Fyodor Dostoyevsky in the original. Lainé studied philosophy at l'École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud and began his career as a teacher first at the Lycée technique de Saint-Quentin and later at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris. He then became a professor in 1974 at the Institut universitaire de technologie in Villetaneuse. He currently serves as an administrator at the Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques (SACD). With Rimbaud, he discovered the "fireworks" of poetry, and in Mallarmé he discovered the pleasure of deciphering a text and studying its structure. He is also fascinated by Witold Gombrowicz: "I felt with this joker, this aristocratic Rabelais an instant kinship. He taught me that a writer gives up his homeland and is always a foreigner wherever he finds himself." more…

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