La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004)

La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid)

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Critic Consensus: Chabrol has crafted another sophisticated, unsettling thriller about sinister doings among the bourgeoisie.


Movie Info

The master of French suspense joins forces with the queen of English suspense fiction for this tense tale of the treacherous love affair between a disturbed bridesmaid and an unsuspecting young man. Philippe (Benoit Magimel) lives in a quiet French town with his hairdresser mother Christine (Aurore Clément) and two younger sisters. Soon after the news breaks about a local girl who has mysteriously vanished, Philippe's mother introduces her children to Gerard (Bernard Le Coq) -- a local … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Pierre Leccia
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2007
Runtime:
First Run - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid)

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (20)

A prickly, twisted, mean-spirited, borderline crazy and highly seductive picture.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Salon.com
Top Critic

This 2004 French feature seems concerned not so much with the psychopathology of everyday life as with psychopaths who lurk behind the everyday.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Chabrol arranges his story with a subtle, almost clinical accumulation. And it takes close attention to the movie's seemingly innocuous details to understand his deeper purposes.

Full Review… | November 16, 2006
Washington Post
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Entering his sixth decade, Chabrol remains a master inspector of the criminal heart of the French bourgeoisie.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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A superbly unsettling crime drama about a seemingly ordinary family, ravaged by passions that descend on them like a plague.

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
Chicago Tribune
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At age 76 with 54 films to his credit, Chabrol can do little wrong and pretty much whatever he likes.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid)

This is probably going to be the last French movie I ever watch. I didn't really like it. I'll stick with the movies in Spanish, I think those are better.

This movie was really like anti-climatic? I guess is the word I'm looking for. Nothing amazing or spectacular happens and you don't see anything happen either. The movie is about a boy and a girl who fall in love- like hardcore love- within a few hours. After like a 1 day relationship they are inseparable and fucking each other every night. The girl is obviously a freak because she talks nonsense and makes up a bunch of stories (which we never find out if they are true or not) like her past jobs, her family life, etc. After a week of their relationship they are madly in love and the girl tells him that he needs to kill someone to prove his love to her. He's caught off guard and laughs it off like it's a joke. Later, he picks up the paper and sees someone was murdered, so he tells the girl he's the one that killed the dead guy (even though he really didn't). She believes him and is oddly fascinated with the murder and wants to know every detail. After she sees he "killed" for her, she decides to do the same and actually goes through with it. Then she tells him she murdered someone else a while back and still has the body, so she's got issues. The movie ends once the boy finds out about the murders, and he realizes their both in deep shit.

The movie doesn't have many settings, which was boring for me. The movie mainly took place in the girl's apartment and the boy's house. I really needed a change of scenery because it was getting so boring seeing them in the same places. I guess that's kind of irrelevant, but it made me dislike the film even more so than I already did.

The characters really annoyed me. The girl obviously is a schizo or has some kind of mental disorder, and the boy probably does also. He falls so hard for the girl and fucks her before he even really knows her name, then he sleeps with a stone statue and....it's weird. He seems to have a solid head on his shoulders at the beginning, but after he meets the girl he does a complete 180.

Anyway, I really didn't like this film mainly because there was no action and there were a lot of questions that probably should have been answered, but weren't. You realize the girl is a psycho, but you never know any of her history it's all a mystery. Everyone the boy asks about her gives sketchy/hazy information, so we're never sure just what her story is. Then at the end, the boy sees the person that the girl killed weeks prior, and tries to get the girl out of the house. The girl however, doesn't want to leave and they go lie down on the bed in the basement where they hear the cops knocking on the door. The movie ends as the boy tells the girl "I'll never leave you". Pretty sappy/boring/disappointing ending ever. I wanted to know what happened afterwards, but the movie ended quite abruptly. I respect what the director was trying to do here, but I kind of hated this film. 90% is way overrated, maybe I just can't appreciate the psychological thriller he was attempting to create, but there was nothing thrilling about it.

Japes
Japes .

Super Reviewer

To say that Senta (Laura Smet) is obsessed is like saying that the Antarctic is cold. Just a slight understatement. Philippe (Benoit Magimel) meets the lovely and sensuous Senta at his sister's wedding. The two begin a torrid affair and the attraction proves more powerful than the common sense that Philippe finds so successful at work. A small fiction convinces Senta of his love for her, so she returns the favor. However, the fallout from these actions threatens to destroy them both. Well done, if slightly demented. True love is never easy, but this darkened version is harder than most. Side stories about the downward spiral of Philippe's little sister, his mother's attempts to keep up a cheerful facade as her life and family slowly disintegrate, and his duties at work keep this from slipping into a total eclipse. Obsession, however, is the driving force and travels on a two-way street.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]In "The Bridesmaid", Philippe(Benoit Magimel) is a salesman living in a small town in France with his mother(Aurore Clement) and sisters, Sophie(Solene Bouton) and Patricia(Anna Mihalcea). Sophie is getting married to Jacky(Eric Seigne), a town clerk. At the wedding, Philippe meets Senta(Laura Smet), nee Stephanie, a cousin of Jacky's and one of the bridesmaids. Later, she seduces Philippe in his own home.(Senta has a mysterious past and a questionable present.) She says that she is an actress and model but Philippe has doubts...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Claude Chabrol, "The Bridesmaid" is a pedestrian movie containing characters who do not behave very credibly. I can see what Philippe sees in Senta because she is possibly the only one with a pulse for miles around, even if it is an erratic one but what she sees in him is never quite clear and we do not get a good handle on her character.(The movie suffers whenever Laura Smet is not onscreen.) Chabrol, who has been referred to as "the French Hitchcock", here comes too close to Hitchcock's familiar themes of dark forebodings upsetting the tranquil calm of a small town to be successful.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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