Les cousins Les cousins

Les cousins

Claude Chabrol

Les cousins (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • France
  • 1959
  • 109 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #581

In Les cousins, Claude Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol conjures a darkly comic character study that questions notions of good and evil, love and jealousy, and success in the modern world. A mirror image of Le beau Serge, Chabrol’s debut, Les cousins recasts that film’s stars, Jean-Claude Brialy and Gérard Blain, in startlingly reversed roles. This dagger-sharp drama won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and was an important early entry in the French New Wave.

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and excerpts from actor Jean-Claude Brialy’s memoir, about costar Gérard Blain

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Press Notes

Press Notes: Le beau Serge and Les cousins

September 29, 2011

Mondo Digital gives Claude Chabrol’s first two films,Le beau Serge and Les cousins—also the . . . Read more »


Les cousins: The Nature of the Beast

By Terrence RaffertySeptember 19, 2011

Jean-Luc Godard, lover of paradox, once characterized Claude Chabrol’s Les cousins (1959) as . . . Read more »