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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

August 24, 2015

Les Cousins

Film still: Les Cousins


Golden Bear
Berlin Intl
Film Fest
"Les Cousins is darkly witty and tense, revealing the noir-ish undertones that dwell beneath even the most seemingly convivial of relationships"
  —A.V. Club
"The performances are brilliant... and it's a treat to watch one of the finest ever film-makers find his voice"
  —The Telegraph

Perhaps no single filmmaker is as misunderstood as Claude Chabrol, who was dubbed the "French Hitchcock." Admittedly Chabrol was a master of the thriller, and in his hands the genre became a vehicle for searing critiques of the bourgeoisie. Much less-known are his non-thriller films, and the early, 1959, Les Cousins is a masterful example.

Les Cousins was initially trashed by the American press, but later championed by Pauline Kael as a brilliant evocation of "the lost generation." The film follows Charles, a bourgeois college student who movies in with his cousin Paul in Paris. Charles is suddenly thrown into his cousin's fast life, meets a pretty girl, and believes he has found true love. She breaks his heart, and tensions between the two cousins take a dark turn. Moving deftly from comedy to tragedy, Les Cousins needs to be re-discovered, and viewed as an acutely layered gem and a key work of the French New Wave.

Directed by Claude Chabrol, France, 1959, 112 mins. In French with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Founder and Director Milos Stehlik.


  • Monday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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