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20 December 1996 (USA) See more »
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The upper-class owner of a gallery, Catherine Lelievre, hires the efficient and quiet maid Sophie to... See more » | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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A respectful and intelligent film See more (50 total) »

Cast

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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La cérémonie" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
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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Version of A Judgment in Stone (1986)See more »

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45 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
A respectful and intelligent film, 27 August 2004

I don't know much about Claude Chabrol's cinema. I've seen seven or eight of his dozens of films, but I remember them quite well, especially "Violette Nozière", "Le boucher" and "La rupture." Many years after these, "La cérémonie" is a serene work, the construction of a mature man who avoids making artificial judgments or explaining motivations of his characters, and tending traps to his audiences to keep them interested in what he's narrating. In an economic way, with well-chosen details he gives us everything needed in a story that deals with psychological disturbances and profound social disparity. I do not see this movie as a thriller nor do I see the connection with Alfred Hitchcock. While Hitchcock could almost ruin his forays into psychological landscapes (like Simon Oakland explaining Norman Bates' behavior in "Psycho" or placing clues that led to nowhere) and very rarely treated social issues, Chabrol prevents from recurring to psychological clichés and gives us subtle gestures to illustrate the "class struggle": the way the rich daughter returns the handkerchief to the post-office clerk after cleaning her filthy hands; the way the post-office clerk throws back an envelope to the bourgeois father. A few times Chabrol is not so subtle and he shows tension even between persons of the same class: the way the poor maid and the post-office clerk despise the miserly charity of an old Catholic couple, the way the rich father protests when giving his son a ride to school... Using this strategy, all the portraits are compassionate: the members of the rich family seem as pleasant as the two poor women when they share the little they have. When the climax arrives -the daughter of the bourgeois family discovers (part of) the maid's secret and, in return, the maid reveals she also knows something about the young woman- there is little else Chabrol can add, but only guide us to the conclusion. Maybe there is a much too obvious cut from the two women with no food at home, to the dinner table where the rich family finished a tasty meal. That's all we need, in case we want an explanation to why the way the two women act in the last scenes. All the elements are there for us to find answers or make interpretations if we want to do so. Not too many filmmakers today treat audiences as intelligent human beings and invite them to participate in the creative process adding the absent information, with the benefit of more than a century of cinematic tradition and –if we care- reflections on the way things are today in imbalanced societies. When "La cérémonie" was over, I was very pleased: not only did I watch a movie directed with brains, but I felt treated with respect by Claude Chabrol. Not frequent in much of today's cinema, a respectful film has great merit.

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