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20 December 1996 (USA) See more »
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resentment of deep-seated anger and guilt presented upon two working class women with not so nice backgrounds and their revenge See more (49 total) »

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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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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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Features "Top Cat" (1961)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
resentment of deep-seated anger and guilt presented upon two working class women with not so nice backgrounds and their revenge, 8 April 2006
Author: uktabteri from United States

Did anyone see "Murderous Maids"? I saw that before I saw this and felt it had the same sinister undertones. "Murderous Maids", also French and yet a true story came out a few years ago in 2002 I think and "La Ceremonie" came out in 1995. I honestly felt extremely disturbed when I watched this movie,(maybe because I saw the aforementioned one first!) esp. when the two women went back "collect Sophie's things" from her former employer after she was fired for both women to become this Thelma & Louise to get revenge on the family. That is the product of good acting of course and the rest of the cast was perfect. Jacqueline Bisset spoke French like a native speaker. Also you knew they were both up to no good when they seemed to bond closer to the beginning of the movie although Sophie is more reluctant to reveal much about getting away with murder which wasn't "proven" than Isabel Huppert's character. Both admit their "sins" to each other in a dry accusatory way which makes them trust each other. It seems like the characters were all connected in a commentary of class, charity and the attitudes present in this very "homogenous" (to use Jacqueline Bisset's character to describe the opera they later watch) French society-- like the priest, the people donating old clothes and the sort of hypocrisy of the Catholic Church feeling guilty about "helping the poor"--characters over and over saying "it's good to help the poor" yet the two main "bad girl" characters are volunteers at a church not because they are religious but because they want the old cast offs from the rich. Nevertheless the resentment boils over from all the suspicions from the outside and deep seated in them so that they want to get revenge on the richer than they are as some sort of twisted justice which only results in non-fulfillment and frustration, symbolic first as in Sophie's inability to read and write and brings them nowhere.

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