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The Bridesmaid (2004)

La demoiselle d'honneur (original title)
Not Rated | | Thriller, Drama, Romance | 17 November 2004 (France)
A hard-working young man meets and falls in love with his sister's bridesmaid. He soon finds out how disturbed she really is.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Ruth Rendell (novel), Pierre Leccia (scenario) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Benoît Magimel ... Philippe Tardieu
Laura Smet ... Stéphanie "Senta" Bellange
Aurore Clément ... Christine
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Gérard Courtois
Solène Bouton Solène Bouton ... Sophie Tardieu
Anna Mihalcea ... Patricia Tardieu
Michel Duchaussoy ... Le clochard
Suzanne Flon ... Madame Crespin
Éric Seigne Éric Seigne ... Jacky
Pierre-François Dumeniaud Pierre-François Dumeniaud ... Nadeau
Philippe Duclos ... Capitaine Dutreix
Thomas Chabrol ... Lieutenant José Laval
Isolde Barth ... Rita (as Isild Barth)
Mazen Kiwan Mazen Kiwan ... Pablo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chantal Banlier Chantal Banlier ... La caissière épicerie
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Storyline

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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There are four members of the Chabrol family in the crew: Claude Chabrol's two sons, actor Thomas Chabrol and composer Matthieu Chabrol, his wife, script supervisor Aurore Chabrol' and his stepdaughter, first assistant Cécile Maistre. See more »

Quotes

Stéphanie "Senta" Bellange: Some say that to live fully you have to have done four things. Plant a tree. Write a poem. Make love with your own sex. And kill someone.
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Don't waste your time viewing this
7 July 2008 | by gsharp99See all my reviews

It's not clear to me why the vast majority of the users of this web site give this film such a high rating. There wasn't much I could find of substance: The plot is somewhat thin, and not developed as it could have been. Senta presents four conditions for totally committed love, including two that would be rejected by most people. However, the protagonist only deals with one of these. It would have been far more interesting if he had dealt with both. At least there would be some progression of the plot, which eventually could reach its conclusion or unravel (I'm avoiding spoilers here). The character of Senta is not believable, in the sense of being an irresistible force. Her speech is too clipped and with little intonation. Perhaps this is the way of modern French speech. Further, there is little in the way of body language or eye movement to reflect the irresistible force. Or perhaps the protagonist is simply too messed up and seeks solace in whichever live female (not statue) that crosses his path.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

17 November 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La dama de honor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,046, 6 August 2006

Gross USA:

$111,728

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,162,662
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1.66 : 1
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