Free Screening of Le Cousin Jules at The Norton Simon

Thursday, May 28, 2015 | 11:43 pm

The Norton Simon will hold a free screening of French documentary Le Cousin Jules on Friday June 12th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Directed by French film director and producer Dominique Benichetti, Le Cousin Jules was awarded the jury prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 1973. It was unseen for several decades before it was beautiful restored in 2012.

Le Cousin Jules explores the simple, everyday life of Jules Guiteaux and his wife Félicie in the countryside. Jules, Benichetti’s cousin, is a hardworking blacksmith tending to his craft wearing his signature wooden clogs and leather apron, while Félicie is a dutiful housewife tending their vegetable garden and preparing their meals. The film captures the rhythms and rituals of their pastoral life, giving the audience a sense of quiet yearning.

Filmed over the course of five years (from April 1968 to March 1973), Le Cousin Jules pays homage to the exquisite beauty and wonder of rural France and reveals the simple yet captivating daily peasant life. It also delves deep into a lifelong relationship between the couple…and makes the viewers appreciate life and love the way Jules and Félicie do.

The movie is in French with English subtitles, and is not rated. No reservations are required to attend the film.

Apart from watching Le Cousin Jules, visitors can also check out more than a thousand artworks in the Norton Simon galleries and sculpture garden. Make it a point to look for the original Raphael, Van Gogh, or Picasso.

Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 West Colorado Boulevard Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 449-6840 or visit http://nortonsimon.org

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