La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone) (1995)
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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
Aug 30, 1995 Wide
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As the movers and shakers of this peculiar saga, Bonnaire and Huppert are unnerving and fascinating to watch together.
Elegant, brisk and lethal in its assault on the obliviousness of the haute bourgeoise.
Chabrol's most accomplished and popular movie in decades.
Chabrol's metier has always been tracing the cracks in the old family china, and this movie presents a brittle set, indeed.
Watching the film, you think maybe you know where it's headed. Or maybe not. Not every ceremony ends in the way we anticipate.
Arguably Chabrol and Huppert's finest joint effort, it matches Huppert with Sandrine Bonnaire as a disgruntled postal clerk and sinister housekeeper.
Claude Chabrol peaked with this engrossing and shocking thriller.
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
In spite of the fact that I am obviously not operating on French director Claude Chabrol's wavelength, I enjoyed the film nevertheless.
Its visceral, lingering punch proves again that Chabrol is one of the world's master filmmakers.
Disconcerting and riveting, this film is too close for comfort, but too good to miss.
Chabrol ... does a superb job of building tension and then letting it dissipate slowly to increase the suspense.
A mildly intriguing effort that pokes about on the dark side but never really bites.
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