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Cousin Bette (1998)

R
108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her niece, Hortense Hulot. Failing to do so, she instead...See moreCousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her niece, Hortense Hulot. Failing to do so, she instead finds solace and company in a handsome young sculptor she saves from starvation. But the aspiring artist soon finds love in the arms of another woman, Hortense, leaving Bette a bitter spinster. Bette plots to take revenge on the family who turned her away and stole her only love. With the help of famed courtesan Jenny Cadine she slowly destroys the lives of those who have scorned her. Written by See less
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Director
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Honoré de Balzac (novel) | Lynn Siefert (screenplay) | Susan Tarr (screenplay)
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Release date
Jun 12, 1998 (United States)

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27 cast members
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John Benfield
Dr. Bianchon Dr. Bianchon   See fewer
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Hugh Laurie
Hector Hector   See fewer
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Paul Bandey
Priest Priest   See fewer
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Laura Fraser
Mariette Mariette   See fewer
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Toby Stephens
Victorin Victorin   See fewer
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Kelly Macdonald
Hortense Hortense   See fewer
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Janie Hargreaves
Célestine Célestine   See fewer
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Gillian Martell
Portress Portress   See fewer
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Elisabeth Shue
Jenny Cadine Jenny Cadine   See fewer
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John Sessions
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Henrik Wager
Baritone Baritone   See fewer
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Aden Young
Wenceslas Wenceslas   See fewer
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John Quentin
Elderly Aristocrat Elderly Aristocrat   See fewer
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Bob Hoskins
Crevel Crevel   See fewer
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Jefferson Mays
Stidmann Stidmann   See fewer
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Tim Barlow
De Forzheim De Forzheim   See fewer
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Heathcote Williams
Nucingen Nucingen   See fewer
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Philip Jackson
De Wissembourg De Wissembourg   See fewer
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Toby Jones
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Kenneth Jay
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Simon McBurney
Vauvinet Vauvinet   See fewer
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Geoffrey Carey
Duelmaster Duelmaster   See fewer
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Dermot Keaney
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Laetitia Colombani
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Mathieu Naert
Street kid (uncredited) Street kid (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.2 / 10 | 2,462 votes