Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
Besides the unconvincing shift of psychic gears, the picture has no theme, no resonance, no point.
Dire, tense, unpredictable, and, ultimately, satisfying.
Watching the film, you think maybe you know where it's headed. Or maybe not. Not every ceremony ends in the way we anticipate.
Chabrol's most accomplished and popular movie in decades.
Chabrol undermines the concept of "the reveal" by getting it out of the way before he does anything else. It's the first sneaky move in a subtly radical film.
For Chabrol, this is a return to the form of his heyday.
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
one of Chabrol's greatest achievements of the 1990s
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.
Another great French thriller with one of my favourite actresses: Isabelle Huppert.
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