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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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Claude Chabrol

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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 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
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Chantal Banlier Chantal Banlier ... La caissière épicerie
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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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France | Germany | Italy

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:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,046, 6 August 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$111,143, 21 January 2007
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1.66 : 1
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Low-Key Thriller
7 August 2011 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

At his sister's wedding, a young man falls for a bridesmaid who harbors some weird ideas and may have a disturbing past. Chabrol is regarded as the French Hitchcock, and this film has some parallels with "Strangers on a Train," but it's not as taut and suspenseful as that classic. Chabrol here seems to be more interested in character development and relationships than in the plot. In fact, between a slow beginning and an unsatisfying ending, what little plot there is is rather predictable. However, it manages to be engaging despite these shortcomings. The pacing is leisurely but not boring. It has a good cast.


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