Cousin Bette

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Lovelorn Bette (Jessica Lange) falls for an artist, Count Wenceslas Steinbach (Aden Young), but is enraged when the sculptor instead decides to pursue Bette's rival, Hortense Hulot (Kelly Macdonald). Hortense's good fortune cements Bette's hatred of the Hulots, her wealthy in-laws, so she decides to ruin the family. Bette persuades beautiful prostitute Jenny Cadine (Elisabeth Shue) to seduce Wenceslas in the hope it will harm Hortense, but the plan has unforeseen results.

Cast & Crew

Jessica Lange
Mlle. Elisabeth "Bette" Fisher
Elisabeth Shue
Jenny Cadine
Bob Hoskins
Cesar Crevel
Hugh Laurie
Baron Hector Hulot
Kelly Macdonald
Hortense Hulot
Aden Young
Count Wenceslas Steinbach
Toby Stephens
Victorin Hulot
John Sessions
Musical director
Honoré de Balzac
Writer (Novel)
Lynn Siefert
Screenwriter
Susan Tarr
Screenwriter
Philippe Guez
Co-Producer
Rob Scheidlinger
Executive Producer
Lynn Siefert
Executive Producer
Susan Tarr
Executive Producer
Neris Thomas
Associate Producer
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Critic Reviews for Cousin Bette

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Audience Reviews for Cousin Bette

  • Sep 28, 2011
    Jessica Lange plays a family's dowdy ugly duckling, given the short shrift habitually, who's as mad as hell and not going to take it anymore in this flighty costumer that promises more than it delivers. Revenge, served at room temperature.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2010
    (1998 Director: Des McAnluff) Co-stars Hugh Laurie alias Dr. House [review fo follow]
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]"Cousin Bette" starts in 1846 in Paris where Bette(Jessica Lange) declines an offer following the death of her sister(Geraldine Chaplin) to serve in the widow's(Hugh Laurie) household. Instead, she makes ends meet barely in a variety of tasks including making costumes for the theatre. Despite that, she still visits with them frequently, especially young Hortense(Kelly Macdonald) who is set to be married off. At the advanced age of 40, Bette is also unmarried, hoping one day that her prince will come. He does sort of when a broke Polish sculptor, Wenceslas(Aden Young), attempts to kill himself and she nurses him back to health.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Cousin Bette" is proof that a very good cast is no guarantee for a movie's quality, especially with miscasting as egregious as it is here. To start, it is hard to buy Jessica Lange as plain and unassuming. And Hugh Laurie is simply much too young for his part. These are the least of the flaws on display which include insufficient character development, broad caricatures and lackadaisical direction. The fragmented narrative which never truly comes together feels like there is quite a bit missing. All of which is a shame because there are some very witty moments and an intriguing setting on the cusp of the 1848 revolutions which rocked the French monarchy once and for all.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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