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La Cérémonie ()

La cérémonie (original title)
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A newly hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk who encourages her to rebel against her employers.

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Jeanne la postière
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Sophie la bonne
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Georges Lelievre
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Catherine Lelievre
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Melinda
Valentin Merlet ...
Gilles
Julien Rochefort ...
Jeremie
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Madame Lantier
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Priest
Ludovic Brillant
Claire Chiron
Claire-Marie Dentraygues
Jean-Pierre Descheix
Penny Fairclough
Alain Françoise
David Gabison ...
David
Pierre Gondard
Claire Ifrane
Philippe Languille
Philippe Le Coq ...
Philippe
Joëlle Legua
Christophe Lemoine
Christine Melcer
Sarah Maze-Lauray
Mélanie Maudire
Serge Rousseau
Yves Verhoeven ...
Delivery Boy
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Lucienne Delamare in 'Les Noces Rouges' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Pierre Maury in 'Les Noces Rouges' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Samuel Ramey ...
Don Giovanni, from opera broadcast (uncredited)

Directed by

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Claude Chabrol

Written by

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Ruth Rendell ... (novel "A Judgment in Stone")
 
Claude Chabrol ... (adaptation) and
Caroline Eliacheff ... (adaptation)
 
Claude Chabrol ... (dialogue) and
Caroline Eliacheff ... (dialogue)

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Christoph Holch ... co-producer
Marin Karmitz ... producer
Ira von Gienanth ... co-producer

Music by

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Matthieu Chabrol

Cinematography by

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Bernard Zitzermann

Film Editing by

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Monique Fardoulis

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Florence Poulain ... assistant editor
Olivier Rossignol ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Daniel Mercier

Art Direction by

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Daniel Mercier

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Corinne Jorry

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Cédric Chami ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Jocelyne Lemery ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Yvon Crenn ... production manager
Catherine Pierrat ... unit manager

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Pierre Armengol ... assistant director
Cécile Maistre ... first assistant director
Anne Perron ... assistant director
Daphné Rosenbom ... assistant director

Art Department

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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

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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

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Dominique Colladant ... special effects
Jean-Pierre Maricourt ... special effects (as Jean-Pierre Moricourt)

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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

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Anne-Marie Castaño-Padovan ... costumer
Paule Mangenot ... costumer
Hélène Robin ... costumer

Music Department

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Laurent Petitgirard ... conductor

Other crew

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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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Plot Summary

The upper-class owner of a gallery, Catherine Lelievre, hires the efficient and quiet maid Sophie to work in the family manor in the French countryside. Her husband Georges Lelievre, who is an opera lover, her daughter Melinda and her teenage son Gilles welcome Sophie and appreciate her work. Sophie soon befriends the postmistress Jeanne, who is a bad egg and encourages 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 Sophie that he does not want Jeanne in his house, Sophie stands up to him. Melinda discovers her secret and Sophie blackmails her, but Melinda tells her parents what happened. Georges fires Sophie and she returns to the house later with Jeanne on the rampage. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Biester (Germany)
  • Blutiger Engel (Germany)
  • La Cérémonie (World-wide, English title)
  • La Cérémonie (United States)
  • La Cérémonie (United Kingdom)
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  • 112 min
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Trivia The film Jacqueline Bisset and Valentin Merlet are watching is Wedding in Blood (1973), also directed by Claude Chabrol. See more »
Movie Connections Features Top Cat (1961). See more »
Quotes Georges Lelievre: [referring, respectively, to Sophie the illiterate maid and Jeanne the nosy postal clerk] What a pair: one can't read at all, and the other reads our mail.
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