Cousin Jules Synopsis
Filmmaker Dominique Benichetti spends five years recording the daily lives of two French farmers.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Cousin Jules is one of those rare experiences that’s rooted in the past yet feels very much of the moment. On top of that, it’s timeless.
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The Playlist

By Diana Drumm
After years of being a long-lost gem, Cousin Jules has finally been found and is receiving its due as an innovative, meditative case study...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Rescued from decay after the director's 2011 death and looking radiant in a 2K restoration, this quiet gem is a time capsule whose...
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
It only seems plotless. Momentous things happen, one of them tele­graphed in a single heartbreaking shot. The sense of time and place is so...
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Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
It's a bit reductive in terms of a personal portrait, but this is a film that's not concerned with telling the story of a man, instead...
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
For 91 minutes, the pleasure of the Guiteauxes’ company is ours. We are ultimately the richer for it.
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By Ronnie Scheib
Yet even as the timelessness of the human activity on display seduces with its serenity, it evokes in modern viewers a definite impatience...
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Village Voice

By Zachary Wigon
Thoroughly transporting, the peacefulness and clarity of Cousin Jules can't help but reveal, by contrast, the restlessness and agitation...
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The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
As director Dominique Benicheti invites the audience to contemplate this way of life—and that’s all the film seeks to accomplish, which is...
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Cousin Jules is in many ways a wonder to see and hear, but there is less to it than meets the eye.
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Rated NR