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Le Cousin

Le Cousin

A Feature film by Alain Corneau

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 10/12/1997


    Grass, fink, informer, nark... Cops refer to them as ''cousins''. They're one of the family. And a cop is no good without a good cousin. But good cousins are hard to find, as police captain Gérard Delvaux (Alain Chabat) well knows. If you're not the type who's happy to twiddle his thumbs while waiting for retirement, then a cousin like "teddybear" (Patrick Timsit) is really worth looking after... Only thing is, if you want a good catch, the ''teddybear" has to get his side of the deal too... Yet his side is outside; outside the law! Sooner or later you wind up before the judge. But the rule is: ''a good cop never rats on a cousin''. So you end up not knowing which side you're on. And the fact of living side by side, shoulder to shoulder, in high-adrenaline situations makes cop and cousin...What?... Friends?

    Actors (33)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Alain Sarde

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    Tamasa Distribution

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    "While still a cop, I began in cinema as a technical advisor; until the day Bertrand Tavernier gave me the chance to write ''L.627''. The crossover happened gradually. I liked being a cop, but I was worn down by 16 years of police work and nightmarish administration. Alain Corneau and I wanted this really true to life. I introduced him to a lot of cops just to prove I was telling the truth. The actors too, spoke with the police and the magistrates. The screenplay was respected (which isn't always the case, especially in TV), but above all, wonderfully captured by the directing style of Alain Corneau." (Michel Alexandre - Scriptwriter)

    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Alain Sarde

    Screenwriters :

    Alain Corneau, Michel Alexandre

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Gamet

    Camera Operator :

    Paul Meurisse

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Assistant Editor :

    Éric Legarçon

    Production Designer :

    Dan Weil

    Casting :

    Gérard Moulevrier

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Still Photographer :

    David Koskas

    Assistant directors :

    Vincent Trintignant-Corneau, Patrick Delabrière

    Director of Photography :

    Michel Amathieu

    Sound Assistant :

    Bernard Chaumeil

    Production Manager :

    Yvon Crenn

    Editor :

    Thierry Derocles

    Continuity supervisor :

    Carole Fèvre

    Stunt performers :

    Jean-Claude Lagniez, Daniel Vérité

    Costume designer :

    Corinne Jorry

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Lamps

    Location manager :

    Catherine Pierrat

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 52 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (4)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

    Selection (5)

    Best Director : Alain Corneau

    Best Actor : Patrick Timsit

    Best Supporting Actress : Marie Trintignant

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Michel Alexandre, Alain Corneau

    Best Sound : Pierre Gamet, Gérard Lamps