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La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone)

La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone) (1995)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 1

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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

Jul 27, 2004

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (2) | DVD (9)

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

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

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Chabrol's most accomplished and popular movie in decades.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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Chabrol's metier has always been tracing the cracks in the old family china, and this movie presents a brittle set, indeed.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Arguably Chabrol and Huppert's finest joint effort, it matches Huppert with Sandrine Bonnaire as a disgruntled postal clerk and sinister housekeeper.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
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Claude Chabrol peaked with this engrossing and shocking thriller.

August 20, 2006
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Though Chabrol continues to create new films on an almost constant basis, he created a high water mark for his late career with La Cérémonie

January 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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one of Chabrol's greatest achievements of the 1990s

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The exorcism of bourgeois complacency is delivered with force.

April 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In spite of the fact that I am obviously not operating on French director Claude Chabrol's wavelength, I enjoyed the film nevertheless.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Its visceral, lingering punch proves again that Chabrol is one of the world's master filmmakers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Disconcerting and riveting, this film is too close for comfort, but too good to miss.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Chabrol ... does a superb job of building tension and then letting it dissipate slowly to increase the suspense.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A mildly intriguing effort that pokes about on the dark side but never really bites.

January 1, 2000
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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.
October 28, 2007
John Ballantine

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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.
March 2, 2009
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