Cousin Bette (1998) short review

This movie is another mixed bag: Elisabeth Shue is riveting and beautiful as Jenny, Kelly MacDonald is great as Hortense, and Jessica Lange really nails the part of Bette — but there’s something about it that just never really clicks. I mostly like it because it’s one of a very few films set in the 1840s, and it really gets the bell shaped skirts right.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.