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  • Actors: Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young, William Petersen, Lloyd Bridges
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Jean-Charles Tacchella, Stephen Metcalfe
  • Producers: Collin McNeil, George Goodman, William Allyn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, French, Italian, Spanish, English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, German, Finnish, French, Greek, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KGAU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), Turkish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Love turns out to be all in the family in this romantic comedy from France. When an elderly couple decides to marry, their families come together for a wedding banquet that turns into a raucous, wine-soaked celebration. Marthe (Marie-Christine Barrault) and Ludovic (Victor Lanoux) are distant cousins related by marriage who meet for the first time at the reception; they take an immediate liking to each other and resolve that they should see each other more often. Before long, they've become close friends, but their spouses begin to think there's more going on than just good conversation. However, the more people are convinced the two have become lovers, the more the idea of taking their friendship to the next level appeals to them. Marie-France Pisier has a memorably funny 'suicide' scene as Ludovic's wife. Cousin Cousine was a surprise commercial success in the United States, where it received several Academy Award nominations and spawned an Americanized remake, Cousins (1989). ...Cousins ( A Touch of Infidelity )

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 2003
Format: DVD
This is THE most wonderful romantic comedy you will ever see. If you enjoyed films like French Kiss, Sleapless in Seatle etc. then this should be the next one on your list.
Larry (Ted Danson) and Maria (Isabella Rossellini) meet at a family wedding. Unfortunately so do their spouses who disappear into the bushes to start their affair. Sean Young and William Petersen are superbly cast as the spouses with a performance that makes it incredibly easy to hate them.
Larry and Maria however become good friends and try to get revenge on their partners by plotting to pretend to be lovers. However, as you can guess, things get complicated when they become best friends and find it increasingly difficult to be apart from one another.
Any film staring Ted Danson is always a success and as usual he plays a wonderful character that you could easily run off with yourself. Isabella Rossellini absolutely graces the screen with her gentle beauty and the pair of them convince you that they are a match made in heaven.
The main comedy elements are supplied by all the other various members of the family, including Larry's Son and Father; and Maria's Mother, lending some hilarious moments to the film.
Sounds like a chick-flick? I promise you it's not. This film is total escapism and one that you will watch again and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kali on 12 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
For once Ted Danson does himself justice as an actor. Of course he is helped by the delectable Isabella Rossellini and the superb Sean Young in a love story with a difference. Danson is a dance instructor, Rossellini a housewife who become cousins by marriage when they meet at the wedding of her mother to his uncle.
At the same wedding Danson's wife played by Sean Young meets Rossellini's husband, handsomely portrayed by William Petersen, he of CSI fame. An affair ensues and it is only a matter of time before their respective spouses find out.
But when Danson and Rossellini do find out they decide on a perfect revenge. They pretend that they too are having an affair. This is done gently, with great humour and many funny moments, like when Danson buys Rossellini a hat because her husband "hates them" and Rossellini does the same with boxer shorts and it's not long before their philandering partners are getting a taste of their own medicine.
Add to this Danson's crotchety father ably played by Lloyd Bridges who turns up when his brother dies of a heart attack, as well as Danson's teenage son who wants to be a horror movie director, and you have a delightful comedy filled with great moments that leave you chuckling away whilst at the same time wiping away the occasional tear from your eye.
The story line could be complicated but isn't though it might take you a few minutes to sort out who is related to whom in the film! It is a nice love story about how two people who fall in love and have to make up their mind whether they stay together or try to make their marriages work. As well as this you have the blossoming love between Rossellini's mother (now widowed) and Danson's father, watch the scene when Danson's son helps his grandfather get ready for his first date, it's hilarious. All in all this is a great film and the music score is absolutely brilliant. So for a film that is gentle, funny and touching don't look any further, "Cousins" is all you need.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JohnHoppy on 10 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
In 1975 the French film "Cousin, Cousine" charmed a lot of Americans. In 1988 Joel Schumacher made an adaptation. It's rare for American copies of foreign films to work and the critics duly slammed "Cousins" for its lack of being an English version of the original. They missed the point. "Cousins" has its own slant on "Four Weddings", it has its own charm and wit and if it occasionally borders on farce I forgive it as its characters are equally as engaging as either of its English or French counterparts.
It's Ted Danson's finest hour as the sympathetic, free-spirited Larry who by his uncle's marriage and his wife's infidelity with his new cousin's husband... it's best you work it out for yourself. Rossellini, who couldn't possibly look plain though she tries hard, is cousin Maria, with whom Larry plays games to spite their errant spouses until realising the game has rebounded on them. It's a classic menage-a-quatre and you just ache for these two to get together. Patience, there's more fun along the way, not least from wonderful Lloyd Bridges who steals every scene as Larry's father, plying Larry's son Mitch - an aspiring "multi-media artist" with a sensationalist streak, with girlie mags and condoms.
Stephen Metcalfe's intelligent screenplay crackles, intercutting ample laugh lines (though let's avoid that so-American "hilarious" tag) with honest warmth and passion from the two leads. Ultimately, it's a film that will bring out that long "Aaaah" of satisfaction as you watch them ride off into the... Well, let's just say it springs no surprises.
Stylishly observed, nicely crafted, beautifully played. Some films you just grow to cherish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
How can it not be romantic with wedding receptions at the beginning, middle and end?
Larry (Danson) and Maria (Rossellini) have philandering spouses who pop out for a quickie during the first wedding reception where Larry’s father is marrying Maria’s mother. The following day Maria tracks down her new cousin by marriage and amidst an instant friendship decide to revenge themselves on their spouses by pretending to have an affair.
There is excellent chemistry between Danson and Rossellini as they gently progress towards love, with fine counterpoints of antagonism from their spouses Tom (Petersen) and Tish (Young).
The sub plot between Larry’s father (Bridges) and his son Mitch (Coogan) provides comedy relief, sharing Play Boy magazines and with a great scene where Mitch prepares his grandfather for a date.
This is a gentle romantic comedy with a fine soundtrack that leaves you with a good feeling at the end.
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