Detroit Film Theatre


COUSIN JULES

Friday, April 04, 2014

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(France/1973—directed by Dominique Benicheti) 
 
A nearly-lost modern classic, Cousin Jules is a rare combination of sophisticated movie-making technique (shot in full, widescreen CinemaScope and recorded in a pioneering stereo technique) 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. In his stunning work of documentary art, filmed over a 5-year period, director Benicheti palpably captures the rhythms and rituals of blacksmith Jules Guiteaux and his wife Félicie. A ravishing, totally immersive work of pure cinematic exultation, Cousin Jules was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 1973, yet went generally unreleased in the U.S.—until now. Found to be in nearly-disintegrated condition just a few years ago, this stunning and complete digital restoration premiered triumphantly at the 2012 New York Film Festival. In French with English subtitles. (91 min.)
 
“Absolutely beautiful and enormously affecting. A stunning film.” –Los Angeles Times
 
"Four Stars! A genuinely extraordinary work of art." –David Fear, Time Out New York   
 
"A documentary classic that slipped through the cracks." –J. Hoberman, Artinfo   
 
"Breathtakingly beautiful, immersive and magical." –Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal   
 
"This film is unlike any other you will see all year. Thoroughly transporting." –Zach Wagon, The Village Voice