Beautifully terrible. Watch it and you'll know what I mean. The lighting is superb. The sense of claustrophobia that builds in the, at first, stylish apartment is tangible. The tragic twist not a complete surprise but the whole film perfectly crafted towards it! There's plenty more to be discussed, but see it for yourselves first!
French New Wave trailblazer from overlooked director Chabrol. Les Cousins follows the fortunes of naive country boy Charles when he moves in with his decadent, vulgar socialite cousin Paul. Cleverly written with typical French style of era. The paradox works wonderfully with great characters, you could use the culture clash as an allegory for post war society or even French cinema blowing apart traditional filmmaking
In a nut shell, the scene between our perpetually perturbed provincial protagonist and the bookseller who gives him encouraging advice: "Ah, heartbreak ...go hit those books." Camera then focuses on a rotating display of books in the window, THE INSULT, THE LADY LIES, THE AGONY OF LOVE, MY MOTHER'S CASTLE, all with a birds-chirping-over-your-head score. Sadly, I identify more with the guy who jumped out the window.
I saw some traits from Dostoyevsky's The Idiot here, as I'm sure he borrowed from several literary sources to create this provocative and rather suggestive follow-up to Le Beau Serge. Chabrol is quite the elusive narrator.
A theme that makes a perfect character study and this well acted drama delivers.Full of hope and wonder,a young man arrives in Paris to start a new life.The mood of the film soon changes as he plays a role in his downfall.