Cousin Cousine (1975)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Comedy of Manners, Domestic Comedy  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Cousin, Cousine is a prime example of the light satirical French comedy that wins American audiences and inspires an English-language movie. The plot is about the growing relationship between two distant cousins who, through a series of strange family mishaps, keep encountering one another at weddings and funerals. It could have been an inspiration for Four Weddings and a Funeral. Director Jean-Charles Tacchela keeps a suitably madcap tone in a sex farce that's easily digestible, with characters that are pleasurable to watch. Marie-Christine Barrault got an Oscar nomination for her role, as did the film itself. That it did not win Best Foreign Film was something of a surprise, given its critical and commercial success. It inspired, 13 years after its release, an American remake, Cousins, which was a disappointment.