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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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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.

May 14, 2015 | Full Review…

"Cousin Jules" is one of those rare experiences that's rooted in the past yet feels very much of the moment.

February 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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A uniquely rewarding movie.

November 27, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

For 91 minutes, the pleasure of the Guiteauxes' company is ours. We are ultimately the richer for it.

November 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5
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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.

November 26, 2013 | Full Review…

"Cousin Jules" is in many ways a wonder to see and hear, but there is less to it than meets the eye.

November 26, 2013 | Full Review…

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