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The Bridesmaid (2004)

La demoiselle d'honneur (original title)
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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Gérard Courtois
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Sophie Tardieu
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Patricia Tardieu
Michel Duchaussoy ...
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Madame Crespin
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$111,143 (USA) (19 January 2007)
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Mediocrity in the name of art is no virtue
15 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes the best way to understand a film is to listen to the director's own words. With "La demoiselle d'honneur," even that may not aid one's comprehension. For me, this film appears to be too loosely constructed to provide much more than very casually related scenes which appear to go nowhere. For example, director Clausd Charbrol, in a written interview in the special effects section of the DVD, says: " In my films the plot is not terribly significant. I try to get it out of the way in the first reel." One is left wondering why there is a wedding anyway? Why is there a bridesmaid? Why so much emphasis on the bride's mother doing hairdressing in her kitchen? Charbrol wants the audience to identify with Beniot, but identify with what? Charbol claims Phillipe's character is 80% sex and 20% passion. From this, the director expects the audience (in his words)to be "strong enough or crazy enough to reject their whole mental makeup." Phillipe drives a new car in the film apparently because the auto agency delivered it to the set by mistake, so his boss Nadeau lets him drive it for six months until his own driver's license is reinstated, but he admonishes Phillipe to "bring it back in one piece." The beach scene is an clearly stated as being an illusion to FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. There is also a clear illusion to PSYCHO. Of course, the absence of plot as the film progresses seems to allow the story to go out of control. Chabrol explains: "You have to ask funny questions at times." The only funny question I can think of is "Why would anyone want to see this film?" I find no merit for recommendation.


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