Cousin Jules (2013)

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COUSIN JULES: a rare combination of sophisticated movie-making technique (shot in CinemaScope and recorded in stereo) and content that is a veritable ode to the beauty of rural France, the simplicity of daily peasant life, and the nearly wordless intimacy of a lifelong relationship. Recording over a 5-year period, director Benicheti palpably captures the rhythms and rituals of blacksmith Jules Guiteaux and his wife Félicie as Jules dons wooden clogs and leather apron to begin work in his shop, while Félicie tends a vegetable garden and prepares their meals. Awarded the jury prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 1973 and widely acclaimed around the world, the film nevertheless remained unreleased in the U.S. until now. (c) Cinema Guild
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Documentary
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The framed monotony of this dailiness show is transfixing.

Full Review… | May 21, 2015
ARTINFO.com
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Focusing on archaic farming rituals to the exclusion of nearly everything else, the film has virtually no dialogue, but each sight and sound is monumental, communicating an entire way of life.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
Chicago Reader
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"Cousin Jules" is one of those rare experiences that's rooted in the past yet feels very much of the moment.

Full Review… | February 26, 2014
Boston Globe
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A uniquely rewarding movie.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
New York Post
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For 91 minutes, the pleasure of the Guiteauxes' company is ours. We are ultimately the richer for it.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
Time Out
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Cousin Jules concerns the essence inherent in actions, the way quotidian existence can be suffused with poetic peacefulness - and overwhelming sadness.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
Village Voice
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