An ode to the simple pleasures of life, Cousin Jules is a beautiful, immersive portrait of a blacksmith living with his wife on a small farm in the French countryside. Shot in CinemaScope, the film meticulously captures their daily rituals – she fires up the oven, grinds the coffee beans, fetches water from the well; he stokes the forge, hammers the iron – and transforms it into a bucolic symphony of sound and image. Lost for nearly 40 years and now exquisitely restored, Cousin Jules is a timeless masterpiece, a record of a place and a way of a life that has long ago vanished.
"A quiet jewel. An indelibly immersive experience. Luminous and exquisitely framed, Benicheti’s patient shots of rural vistas often recall 19th-century French painting. One thinks of Vincent van Gogh’s radiant fields, Jean-Francois Millet’s laboring peasants, and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s precise but poetic landscapes. And yet Cousin Jules will also speak to many who have spent time in rural America. Combining objectivity with beauty, unsentimentality with warmth, it’s ultimately a tribute to life itself.”
(Kristin M. Jones, Wall Street Journal, 2013)
Jules Guitteaux, Félicie Guitteaux
Pierre-William Glenn, Paul Lauray
Roger Letellier, René-Jean Bouyer
Rythma Films, Société des films Orzeaux
Premiere. Theatrical release in April 2015. Distribution: Carlotta