Who knew deception, treachery and revenge could be this much fun.
Jessica Lange stars as Cousin Bette, a poor seamstress who tries to climb the social ladder and find love. When her wealthy relatives and the object of her affection spun her, she begins to plot her revenge.
Cousin Bette (Jessica Lange) is a poor seamstress who tries to climb the social ladder by currying favor with her wealthy brother-in-law Baron Hulot and her niece Hortense after her sister's death. When she fails, she helps a handsome young sculptor (Aden Young), saving him from starvation and falling in love with him in the process. But when the handsome artist falls for Hortense, Bette begins to plot revenge with the help of the famous courtesan Jenny Cadine (Elisabeth Shue).