Summer 1939 in the Provence, France: the 14 years old Julien has a crush on his cousin Julia, who lives together with his family in their small hotel. Unfortunately she ignores him, because she’s several years older. Then the hotel guest Charles enters the competition, a slimy twenty-something who lusts for the girl, despite the fact that he’s engaged.
“Tendres Cousines” has generally been placed into two categories in the past: sex comedy and those kinds of movies which are mainly about artsy cinematography. However, if it belongs in the first category, it is mostly boring, pretentious, dreary, and painfully unfunny (French movies usually fail to distinguish between cute and funny). If it belongs in the latter category, than the cinematography is a grainy mix of shots which resemble traditional paintings and also of downright ugly shots which could probably be attributed to the film´s low production values. However, the movie is notable for a different reason. While it only has about 9 sex scenes, about 4 involve Julien, the film´s 14 year old hero who actually looks 14 if not younger ! These tend to be relatively explicit, chock full of nudity and even hint at incest. Of course, the movie is probably intended to show a case of what can happen during puberty and what can lead adult or almost adult women (the women in the movie, by the way, are gorgeous) to have sex with a boy that young. Or, it could just be an attempt at a teenage “Emmanuelle”. Nevertheless, it surprises me that this movie was not banned in the U.S. as child porn – not that it necessarily should be but Americans tend to be extremely sensitive to the problem of teen exploitation . All in all, “Tendres Cousines” is a weird and somewhat twisted little movie. Pedophiles and people who think that French people can do no wrong should love it.
Director: David Hamilton
Writers: Pascal Lainé (novel), Josiane Lévêque,
Stars: Thierry Tevini, Anja Schüte, Valérie Dumas
Country: France | West Germany
Release Date: November 1983 (USA)
Also Known As: Tender Cousins
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 3.23 GiB
Duration : 1 h 28 min
Overall bit rate : 5 224 kb/s