La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone) (1995)
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as Georges Lelievre
as Catherine Lelievre
as Madame Lantier
as Delivery Boy
Critic Reviews for La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone)
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.
Besides the unconvincing shift of psychic gears, the picture has no theme, no resonance, no point.
A tight, beautifully contained thriller that plunges four wonderful actors ... into dangerous territory.
Audience Reviews for La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone)
Fair. Isabelle Huppert won herself a couple of Best Actress Awards by this, but she's more a supporting role to Sandrine Bonnaire, literally.
I feel bad that i started this as my introduction to Claude Chabrol because I absolutely love this film and it'll be a tough one to top. The building suspense and uneasy tension is masterfully done. It would be too easy to make the family a group of evil slave drivers, instead they're just bunch of regular rich pricks. Everyone is brilliant but Huppert and Bonnaire are magnificent and the scenes they share are downright creepy. This films succeeds everywhere Haneke's 'Funny Games' failed.
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.
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