Cousin Bette, The Poor Relation

Honore de Balzac's novel dramatised in three parts by James Friel.

With Alison Steadman and Leslie Phillips.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

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01The Wedding And The Betrayal2000040920000415

Honore de Balzac's novel dramatised in three parts by James Friel.

With Alison Steadman and Leslie Phillips.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.Paris, 1838.

The faithless Baron Hulot is in financial difficulties.

His daughter needs a dowry and a husband, and his saintly wife has nothing more he can pawn.

Cousin Bette proposes a solution to the family's dilemma and a bizarre revenge for her own betrayal.

02Spinning The Web2000041620000422

Bette's niece has married Wenceslas and is about to be betrayed by him.

Valerie Marneffe's Brazilian paramour returns to throw her two other rival lovers into jealous despair.

Bette weaves a web to trap them all and secure a wealthy marriage settlement for herself.

03 LASTThe Price Of Love2000042320000506

Adeline makes a last bid to save her family's honour, Bette loses her chance to marry into money, death claims both sinners and the saintly, and virtue, it seems, has no reward.