My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Cousin Bette


(out of 5)

Critics and audiences unfortunately ignored this delightful though admittedly loose adaptation of Honore de Balzac’s searing novel.  is excellent as Bette, the passed-over old-maid relation of an impoverished society family who decides after having her potential lover Wenceslas () stolen from under her nose by young cousin Hortense (), that she has suffered the last straw. She enlists the help of second-rate burlesque singer Jenny Cadine () and makes sure her family members all suffer for every mistake they’ve made against her. Cast members ,  and  in a bit part all do very well, with Young less successful as the lover.  It’s plush in every possible way, scored beautifully by Simon Boswell (with Offenbach selections adapted by Danny Troob), and a completely enjoyable experience. Great for those who love a good revenge story.

Fox Searchlight Pictures

United Kingdom/USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

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