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17 November 2004 (Belgium) See more »
A hard-working young man meets and falls in love with his sister's bridesmaid. He soon finds out how disturbed she really is. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Michel Duchaussoy obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 20 March 2012, 11:40 AM, PDT)

The Bridesmaid
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 8 September 2004)

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when it's at its best it's near-classic Chabrol on the topic of "love-at-first-sight" See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Benoît Magimel ... Philippe Tardieu
Laura Smet ... Stéphanie "Senta" Bellange

Aurore Clément ... Christine
Bernard Le Coq ... Gérard Courtois
Solène Bouton ... Sophie Tardieu
Anna Mihalcea ... Patricia Tardieu
Michel Duchaussoy ... Le clochard
Suzanne Flon ... Madame Crespin
Eric Seigne ... Jacky
Pierre-François Dumeniaud ... Nadeau
Philippe Duclos ... Capitaine Dutreix

Thomas Chabrol ... Lieutenant José Laval

Isolde Barth ... Rita (as Isild Barth)
Mazen Kiwan ... Pablo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chantal Banlier ... La caissière épicerie
Jacqueline Cassard ... Madame Bertillon
Brigitte Chamarande ... Madame Soupin
Emmanuel Faure
Pascal Franks
Pierre Galliard
Florent Gibassier ... Le serveur de pizza
Vincent Guillerminet
Joëlle Legua
Isabelle Leprince ... Madame Pélissier
Isabelle Mamère ... Nathalie Dumont
Jean-Pierre Niobe (as Jean-Pierre Niobé)
Cécile Peroua
Taïeb (as Taieb)
Michel Vivier

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Chabrol 
Pierre Leccia 
Ruth Rendell  novel

Produced by
Françoise Galfré .... executive producer
Patrick Godeau .... producer
Alfred Hürmer .... co-producer
Antonio Passalia .... co-producer
Original Music by
Matthieu Chabrol 
Cinematography by
Eduardo Serra 
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
Production Design by
Françoise Benoît-Fresco 
Costume Design by
Mic Cheminal 
Makeup Department
Françoise Andrejka .... makeup artist
Production Management
Laura Einmahl .... unit manager
Michel Jullien .... production manager
Anne Lessnick .... production manager
Thierry Magniez .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Guillerminet .... second assistant director
Cécile Maistre .... first assistant director
Art Department
Yvonnick Bousso .... painter
Aleth Galen .... sculptor
Patrick Loret .... painter
Jérôme Perrin .... key construction
Catherine Pierrat .... set dresser
Amanda Ponsa .... painter
Evariste Richer .... painter
Sound Department
Vincent Cosson .... sound re-recording mixer
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Thierry Lebon .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre Lenoir .... sound
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Mathieu Caudroy .... Steadicam operator
Delphine Desbruères .... second assistant camera
Sascha Govic .... grip
David Grinberg .... assistant camera
Dominique Robert .... key grip
Michel Thiriet .... camera operator
Jakob von Lenthe .... video operator
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Stanislas Moreau .... assistant editor
Music Department
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
Other crew
Vincent Bell .... scout
Aurore Chabrol .... script supervisor
Stéphanie Fouet .... administrator
Aleth Galen .... sculptress
Jean-Benoit Guillon .... travelling car
Caspar Heider .... production coordinator
Laurent Mulot .... travelling car
Eva Simonet .... press attache
Carolin von Fritsch .... set manager: Munich

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Also Known As:
"La demoiselle d'honneur" - France (original title)
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111 min
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
when it's at its best it's near-classic Chabrol on the topic of "love-at-first-sight", 10 August 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Claude Chabrol still has it in him to craft a relationship drama with trust in the dark corners of the characters, and make it seem reasonably realistic. He's working from a novel by Ruth Rendell (and I can only guess how much more detail there is in there compared to here), but it feels like vintage Chabrol, with some updates for technological bits like cell phones, as he takes a romance to very peculiar, twisted lengths that somehow the audience buys completely because of the characters and the actors playing them. In The Bridemaid he opens on Philippe (Magimel), an accountant of some sort who has a kind but mixed-up family that's getting ready for Philippe's sister's wedding. As if in a slight update on Le Boucher, Chabrol has the set-up at the wedding for the two main players, as Philippe meets bridesmaid Senta (Laura Smet), and after the wedding she arrives at his house, drenched in rain, and they have a lustful encounter.

It's pretty close to immediately after this that Senta confesses her love for him, unquestionably, as if she knew it totally on first sight, and that now he is her's and so on. Upon this one might think, sarcastically, 'this can only end well', as love at first sight, save for a Disney movie, always leads to trouble. In this case Senta is adamant that Philippe, despite also confessing his love (however true or not is a curious part of the Bridesmaid I wasn't sure was a character flaw or a flaw in the story), "prove" his love for her. This includes two easy things and two out-of-the-question: plant a tree, write a poem, kill someone, and have sex with the same sex. Although Chabrol doesn't touch on that last one, the 'kill someone' part becomes the juicy angle to the story, as one is on edge if someone is really dead or how Philippe will play the next move, and how blinded by this obsession Senta has with Philippe.

And yet Senta's obsession isn't seen as something with hysterics or over-the-top acting. Far from it, and characteristic for a Chabrol film, Smet's performance is precisely subtle and kind and intelligent and all those things that reel Philippe in against all better judgment. It's an inspired turn by an actress (excuse me, 'actor') who I hope to see more of. Same goes for Magimel, who is the 'hero' of the story as the good guy who wants to be there for his mom and troubled younger sister, but also has this strange attraction to Senta that soon pits him in an untenable (or so he thinks) position. As far as that central storyline goes between Senta and Philippe, it's gold and cool and as good as anything Chabrol did in the late 60s and 70s, with sweet hints of the erotic thrown in from time to time.

The only downsides are, naturally, some disbelief with Philippe early on, or in the initial appearances of certain twists, and especially how we're meant to put some extra stock in Philippe's family troubles (mainly Patricia as a petty thief) that aren't well developed and works mostly to show how his family is as firm, warm counterpoint to Senta's clinging and desperate 'love'. But aside from this the fan of Chabrol whose been tracking his career for however long it's been going (since the late 50s early 60s with the other Cashier du cinema team) will hopefully be pleasantly surprised to know he's still got it in him to make compelling, dramatic cinema, with the usual Hitchcockian angles amped-up to a certain sinister, and ultimately tragic, glee. 8.5/10

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