Fear and Trembling (Stupeur et tremblements) (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fear and Trembling (Stupeur et tremblements) (2004)



Critic Consensus: This tale of culture clash is by turns downbeat and hilarious.

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Originaire de Belgique, Amélie vient d'obtenir un poste au Japon dans une grande entreprise. Le choc culturel sera immense et les initiatives de la jeune femme seront constamment réprimées par ses supérieurs.


Taro Suwa
as Monsieur Saito
Bison Katayama
as Monsieur Omochi
Yasunari Kondo
as Monsieur Tenshi
Sokyu Fujita
as Monsieur Haneda
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Critic Reviews for Fear and Trembling (Stupeur et tremblements)

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (18)

The best office comedy since Office Space.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

One of the screen's most cuttingly funny looks at office life.

June 24, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

... subtly sexual and erotic, despite the fact that every scene takes place in the office and there is not a single overt sexual act or word or gesture or reference.

June 24, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The film is more ambiguous about its characters' desire than it needs to be.

May 20, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The delicacy of the film comes from the fine performances, particularly Kaori Tsuji as Fubuki.

April 1, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Astutely directed by Alain Corneau.

March 18, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fear and Trembling (Stupeur et tremblements)


A funny if unoriginal look at cultural divides. Sometimes the morals are hammered home too blatantly but overall a warm feeling of genuine likeability eminates from the film. Brilliant performances and some wonderfully scripted scenes make this a fine film, even if the containment within the office place hinders the film in terms of characterisation.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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