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La Cérémonie (1995)

La cérémonie (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 20 December 1996 (USA)
A new-hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk, who encourages her to rebel against her employers.

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Jeanne la postière
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Melinda
Valentin Merlet ...
Gilles
Julien Rochefort ...
Jeremie
Dominique Frot ...
Madame Lantier
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Priest
Ludovic Brillant
Claire Chiron
Claire-Marie Dentraygues
Jean-Pierre Descheix
Penny Fairclough
Alain Françoise
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The upper-class owner of a gallery, Catherine Lelievre, hires the efficient and quiet maid Sophie to work in the family manor in the French countryside. Her husband Georges Lelievre, who is an opera lover, her daughter Melinda and her teenage son Gilles welcome Sophie and appreciate her work. Sophie soon befriends the postmistress Jeanne, who is a bad egg and encourages Sophie to rebel against her employers, but the maid stays submissive. However, Sophie is ashamed of a secret and feels uncomfortable in many situations, finding a way to hide her secret. When Georges tells Sophie that he does not want Jeanne in his house, Sophie stands up to him. Melinda discovers her secret and Sophie blackmails her, but Melinda tells her parents what happened. Georges fires Sophie and she returns to the house later with Jeanne on the rampage. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Opening Weekend:

$49,843 (USA) (20 December 1996)

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$670,659 (USA) (21 February 1997)
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Sophie la bonne: [to Melinda, after Melinda has discovered that Sophie's illiterate, and wants to help] If you say a word to anybody, I'll tell your dad you're pregnant. If you talk, I'll tell. I'm not the bitch, you are. Mind your own business.
[Melinda, stunned, walks out]
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Contrived Thriller
22 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

A rich French family hires a mousy maid who has some peculiar traits. It starts out as a nice character study, with Bonnaire creating a sympathetic figure as a young woman who struggles with her illiteracy but is too ashamed to to let anyone know about it. In the last act, however, the film goes south, turning into a silly thriller. The ending is particularly contrived and ridiculous. Bonnaire is quite good as the maid, as is Bisset (speaking in French) as her kindly employer. In fact the whole cast is fine. Chabrol is regarded as the French Hitchcock, but he lacks the master's skill for building suspense with wit and subtlety.


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