La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone) (1995)

La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone)



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When Catherine Lelievre (Jacqueline Bisset) hires mousy and taciturn Sophie (Sandrine Bonnaire) as a housemaid, she thinks that she found a treasure. Mr. Lelievre (Jean-Pierre Cassel) seems to agree with her, pointing out that the maid just has yet to learn how to serve dinner correctly. Wealthy liberals, they treat her generously enough and expect diligence and reliability in return. However, Sophie didn't tell her new employers that she is dyslexic, and very soon she has terrible troubles with … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Rendell, Claude Chabrol
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 2004
Criterion Collection



as Catherine Lelievre

as Georges Lelievre

as Delivery Boy

as Madame Lantier
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Critic Reviews for La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone)

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16)

As the movers and shakers of this peculiar saga, Bonnaire and Huppert are unnerving and fascinating to watch together.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
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Elegant, brisk and lethal in its assault on the obliviousness of the haute bourgeoise.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Dire, tense, unpredictable, and, ultimately, satisfying.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Besides the unconvincing shift of psychic gears, the picture has no theme, no resonance, no point.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
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A tight, beautifully contained thriller that plunges four wonderful actors ... into dangerous territory.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Watching the film, you think maybe you know where it's headed. Or maybe not. Not every ceremony ends in the way we anticipate.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone)

Another great French thriller with one of my favourite actresses: Isabelle Huppert.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

After only my first Claude Chabrol film I can see why he is sometimes known as the French Alfred Hitchcock. La Cérémonie is based on the Ruth Rendell book "A Judgement in Stone", I'm not going to reveal too much about the plot because this is one of those films which really does benefit from knowing as little as possible. Instead just watch two of the great French actresses of recent times as the story builds with tension to the chilling finale.

Emily B.

Super Reviewer


Another Chabrol film, like Les Biches, which I can't just watch a bit of - I sit down and watch until the end. I can't say that about very many movies.

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