After winning a prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 1973, Dominique Benicheti’s magnificent documentary, "Le Cousin Jules" (Cousin Jules), features the quotidian rhythms of an elderly couple in rural Burgundy unjustly remained without U.S. distribution for 40 years. Filmed over a five-year period, shot in CinemaScope and recorded in stereo, this immersive portrait follows Jules Guiteaux (a distant relative of the director’s) and his wife, Félicie, as they go about their formidable tasks. Jules, a blacksmith, is shown hammering out hinges and other implements as his wife tends to their vegetable garden and prepares meals and midmorning coffee. Benicheti, working with cinematographers Pierre William Glenn and Paul Launay, patiently observes these labor-intensive chores, daily rituals that are attended to with utmost precision and grace — and that are never less than transfixing to watch. Although Jules and Félicie, both born in 1891, rarely speak in the film, their silence conveys the deep intimacy of spouses who have spent six decades together.