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Les Cousins--70pts.

Sorry W+A I just don't get this film. First there are no likable characters. Now I can deal with this, see Blood Simple. But there it's deliberate. I think we're suppose to like, or even root for, Charles. But I can't muster any empathy for him. When these people are playing carelessly with guns, or throwing trash on the ground or in the Seine, they're figuring the best thing to do after a night of hard partying and drinking is to go out for a drive. The ending really comes out of nowhere and seems tacked on to give some sort of resolution. Truffaut made this film much better three years later with Jules and Jim.

Interesting note: A famous passage from Wagner's Tristan & Isolde is used at the end. Bernard Herrmann had adapted that passage a year earlier for the Vertigo sequence with Stewart and Novak in the hotel room.
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