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20 December 1996 (USA) See more »
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Still Impressive After Watching for the Third Time Sixteen Years Later 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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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Still Impressive After Watching for the Third Time Sixteen Years Later, 30 December 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The upper-class owner of a gallery Catherine Lelievre (Jacqueline Bisset) hires the efficient and quiet maid Sophie Bonhomme (Sandrine Bonnaire) for working in the family manor in the countryside of France. Her husband Georges Lelievre (Jean-Pierre Cassel), who is an opera lover, her daughter Melinda (Virginie Ledoyen) and her teenage son Gilles (Valentin Merlet) welcome Sophie and appreciate her work.

Sooner Sophie befriends the postmistress Jeanne (Isabelle Huppert), who is a bad egg and encourage 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 to Sophie that he does not want Jeanne in his house, Sophie stands up against him. Melinda discovers her secret and Sophie blackmails her, but Melinda tells her parents what has happened. Georges fire Sophie and she returns to the house later with Jeanne on the rampage with tragic consequences.

"La Cérémonie" is one of the best films of Claude Chabrol and it is still impressive after watching for the third time sixteen years later. The unexpected violent conclusion is probably the source of inspiration for Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" of 1997. It is impossible to the viewer to be not affected by the despicable behavior of Sophie and Jeanne. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Mulheres Diabólicas" ("Evil Women")

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