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La demoiselle d'honneur (2004)

A hard-working young man meets and falls in love with his sister's bridesmaid. He soon finds out how disturbed she really is.

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Philippe Tardieu
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Stéphanie "Senta" Bellange
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Christine
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Gérard Courtois
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Sophie Tardieu
Anna Mihalcea ...
Patricia Tardieu
Michel Duchaussoy ...
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Madame Crespin
Eric Seigne ...
Jacky
Pierre-François Dumeniaud ...
Nadeau
Philippe Duclos ...
Capitaine Dutreix
Thomas Chabrol ...
Lieutenant José Laval
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Rita (as Isild Barth)
Mazen Kiwan ...
Pablo
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A middle class family in Loire, where things seem just a tad off kilter. Philippe dotes on his mother, who has raised his two sisters and him. Gérard, a wealthy man just divorced, is paying attention to her, then drops her. Philippe is actually pleased, and retrieves from Gérard's garden a stone head - of the goddess Flora - that his mother had given Gérard. At the wedding of one of his sisters, Philippe meets Senta, a quirky and moody young woman: they fall quickly in love, despite her odd behaviors and Philippe's general good sense. Senta announces a plan for them to prove their love to each other; it involves poetry, tree planting, and murder. What will Philippe do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 November 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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$1,108,516 (France) (19 November 2004)

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$111,143 (USA) (19 January 2007)
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There are four members of the Chabrol family in the crew : Claude's two sons ( actor Thomas and composer Matthew ), his wife ( scipt supervisor Aurore ) and his stepdaughter ' first assistant Cécile Maistre ) See more »

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Hysterical household
14 February 2005 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

This movie did not particularly convince me. Maybe my expectations went in a completely wrong direction but nevertheless I discovered some flaws that really disturbed my pleasure of this basically interesting film.

The plot line grows more and more absurd and - in its absurdity - predictable as the story goes on. This would not matter to me (as I do not really mind that we are never given an explanation for the strange and questionable features that strike us right from the beginning, especially in connection with Senta and the bust) if the characters were a little more subtly portrayed. All of the characters (Magimel's at the least) are exaggerated and near-hysterical, and therefore close to various type clichés (the rebelling teen daughter stealing, colouring her hair AND piercing her nose; the bridegroom, who is revealed as an idiot the instant we see him, calling his bride embarrassing terms of endearment; the mother smiling hopefully throughout as if she was on drugs). I am sure all this is not due to bad acting but done so intentionally. But I fail to understand what kind of quality it is supposed to add to the film. Humour? I don't know; I laughed occasionally but not very often.

This is the kind of film that I am sure is fun making; but then it should not be shown publicly.


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