Les cousins (The Cousins). 1959. France. Directed by Claude Chabrol. 112 min.
Screenplay by Paul Gegauff. With Jean-Claude Brialy, Gérard Blain, Juliette Mayniel. With his second feature, former French film critic Chabrol not only established an international reputation, but drew attention to the entire nouvelle vague movement. The Cousins, like virtually all of Chabrol’s 55-plus subsequent films, deals with moral mayhem…and a killing.