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20 December 1996 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
 
Writing credits
Ruth Rendell (novel "A Judgment in Stone")

Claude Chabrol  and
Caroline Eliacheff 

Produced by
Christoph Holch .... co-producer
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Ira von Gienanth .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Matthieu Chabrol 
 
Cinematography by
Bernard Zitzermann 
 
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
 
Production Design by
Daniel Mercier 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Mercier 
 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
 
Makeup Department
Cédric Chami .... hair stylist
Cédric Chami .... makeup artist
Jocelyne Lemery .... hair stylist
Jocelyne Lemery .... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Yvon Crenn .... production manager
Catherine Pierrat .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Armengol .... assistant director
Cécile Maistre .... first assistant director
Anne Perron .... assistant director
Daphné Rosenbom .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Didier Dubedout .... assistant decorator
Pierre Galliard .... assistant decorator
Ivan Niclass .... assistant set decorator
Vincent Stadelmann .... assistant decorator
Marie Taulen .... assistant decorator
Jean-Paul Trincat .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Christian Fontaine .... sound assistant
Jean-Louis Lebras .... sound assistant
André Naudin .... foley artist
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Philippe Richard .... sound assistant
Jean-Bernard Thomasson .... sound
Claude Villand .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Dominique Colladant .... special effects
Jean-Pierre Maricourt .... special effects (as Jean-Pierre Moricourt)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Baraillon .... electrician
Jean-Pierre Baronsky .... electrician
Eric Bonnaire .... grip
Sophie Charrière .... assistant camera
Fabienne Delaleau .... assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste Dutreix .... grip
Michel Garçon .... electrician
Vincent Kotwas .... aerial photographer
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
Charlet Recors .... aerial photographer
Dominique Robert .... grip
Michel Thiriet .... camera operator
Richard Vidal .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne-Marie Castaño-Padovan .... costumer
Paule Mangenot .... costumer
Hélène Robin .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Florence Poulain .... assistant editor
Olivier Rossignol .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
 
Other crew
Bruno Bernard .... administrator
Olivier Bouthillier .... partnership
Aurore Chabrol .... script supervisor
Aline Corneille .... administrator
Nathalie Gorgon .... assistant press attache
Henry Le Turc .... administrator
Eva Simonet .... press attache
Richard Verganzonez .... caterer
Gisèle Vuillaume .... administrator
 
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Also Known As:
"La cérémonie" - France (original title)
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112 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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The film Jaqueline Bisset and Valentin Merlet watching is Wedding in Blood (1973).See more »
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Stark, naturalistic shocker, brilliantly presented, 31 January 2002
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

In this character study of two hateful middle-aged women (not so middle-aged in the movie, however, as in the novel by Ruth Rendell) we are made to fathom the bad that may befall the good.

Claude Chabrol's direction is clean, crisp and uncluttered--which isn't always the case, witness his Madame Bovary (1991), which is a bit too leisurely and L'Enfer (1993) which muddles a whole lot. Maybe it's the editing. Anyway this is more like his quietly brilliant Une affaire de femmes (1988) with a fine script and striking performances by Sandrine Bonnaire and Isabelle Huppert, handsomely supported by Jacqueline Bisset, Jean Pierre Cassel and the very pretty Virginie Ledoyen.

Bonnaire plays Sophie, an intense taciturn woman harboring dark secrets, whom the Leliévres have hired to cook and keep house at their country home. Bisset is Catherine Leliévre and Cassel her husband. They exist in bourgeois heaven avec matrimonial bliss with two teenagers, a family so closely knit and so charmingly together that they watch a two-part production of Mozart's Don Giovanni on TV, just the four of them cosily on the couch.

Well, this sort of unobtainable happiness doesn't sit well with Jeanne (Huppert) who is a lowly postal clerk living alone whose past includes the (accidental?) killing of her four-year-old daughter. Jeanne takes a fancy to the Leliévre's strange new maid with the idea of showing her something besides work. They strike up a fateful friendship that we know is leading to something horrible.

Huppert is as good as I've seen her, which is very good indeed. She is particularly striking here in an uncharacteristic role as a spiteful, working class woman with a heart of vengeance against anybody better off than she is. There is just a touch of sly irony in her performance suggesting that she is having a particularly good time playing the nasty. Bonnaire's stark performance as the unbalanced and humorless, reclusive Sophie will remain etched in your brain. Apart they are like inert, harmless chemicals. Together they catalyze one another and become brazen and explosive.

The story, filled with little foreshadowing of the tragedy to come, gilds the lily of our tristesse by making the Leliévres so very, very nice. We are reminded of the violent hatred by the proletariat toward the privileged classes, in this case acted out by two loonies against an innocent, but representative family, echoing not only the Russian Revolution but even more so the French Revolution, now two hundred years old.

What I am trying to figure out why this is called La Cérémonie. Maybe it is a ceremony of execution.

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