Cousin Bette (1998)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her ... See full summary »


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  • Kelly Macdonald in Cousin Bette (1998)
  • Kelly Macdonald and Aden Young in Cousin Bette (1998)
  • Elisabeth Shue and Jessica Lange in Cousin Bette (1998)

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6 January 2005 | onepotato2
7
| Take that!
I'm not familiar with Balzac's novel, but I've read a ton of Romantic literature. And this is one of its classic variations (The virtuous are redeemed). I would never have selected this movie myself (friends did) but I enjoyed it. If I described this as Madame Iago, you'd have the entire plot. Nothing is quite so much fun as watching someone who's been disrespected revenging herself on a crowd, especially after how needlessly cruel they've been. Since the playing field will never roll the arrangement back in Bette's favor, why not just destroy everyone? It's like a bomb went off when she's done. I am in no way a fan of Lange, but she's adequate (while looking distressingly like Jim Carrey in drag).

On the minus side, the lead-up to the 1848 Revolution is trivialized. The writing is extremely weak (Point A is always too overtly connected to Point B), and the lighting of every scene is too brazen. The accents are all over the place, which becomes very distracting.

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Release Date:

12 June 1998

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK, USA

Filming Locations

France

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,488 14 June 1998

Gross USA:

$1,295,194

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,295,194

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