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It's easy to see this recognition and also easy to see the obsessiveness in each. Senta--incredibly sensual--is, one realizes fairly quickly, a storyteller, a pathological liar. Philippe is obsessed with his mother and with the stone bust of what appears to be a Roman goddess. If the viewer looks closely--VERY closely--it's not hard to see that the faces of the goddess, Senta, and Philippe's mother are all very similar. At one point in the film, he kisses the stone bust on the lips. Is this normal? I think not. In fact, near the beginning of the film, we are amazed to find that the somewhat older woman whom Philippe obviously appears attracted to and whom he physically relates to, in the outside world, as one would a lover, is in fact his mother. This is definitely not normal behavior.
The pacing here is flawless. Chabrol is, one could say, the undisputed master at probing relentless behavior founded on obsession, and here he is really in his element, as he was in his last truly great film, La Ceremonie. While The Bridesmaid still does not have the astonishing intensity and depth of the 1995 film, it is nevertheless a terrific piece of work that never takes a false step.
The DVD is graced with a nice (text) interview with Chabrol, as well as with a short but telling on-the-set featurette. In the interview, Chabrol notes that one of the key elements of any good thriller is a corpse. This does turn up in The Bridesmaid, but in a startling--even shocking--way, as the viewer will see.
Very highly recommended and a welcome return to the pleasures of Chabrol the master of psychological obsession and its dire consequences.
Not quite as good as La Ceremonie (but then no film of the last ten years has been). Top-drawer Chabrol nonetheless.
The Tardieu family is in the midst of preparing for the wedding of one daughter Sophie (Solène Bouton), learning to accept the new love affair of the mother Christine (Aurore Clément) to a wealthy newly divorced man Gérard (Bernard Le Coq), becoming used to the edgy antisocial behavior of daughter Patricia (Anna Mihalcea), and all the while being cared for by the successful contractor son Philippe (Benoît Magimel). On the television is the report of a murdered young woman and the disruption of a television show frustrates the obsessive Philippe in his work to keep the family focused. We jump to Sophie's wedding to nerdy Jacky (Eric Seigne) whose cousin Stéphanie "Senta" Bellange (Laura Smet) is the bridesmaid of the title. The strange but sensuous Senta captures Philippe's eye and a rather torrid love affair begins.Read more ›
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This could be an interesting thriller, but, unfortunately, some situations seem forced, unnatural. Also, much of it was predictable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Playwright
I wanted to see Johnny Hallyday's hot daughter Laura Smet. She quite good naked.
The opinions of previous reviewers demonstrate a significant degree of dissatisfaction with this work of Chabrol, five of 13 rating it only 3 stars. Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by David M. Goldberg
The acting is OK, sets and photography gorgeous, Chabrol is a meticulous director. But the story (from a novel by Ruth Rendell, British author of police procedurals and... Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Dale Miller
A good bourgeois household in the suburbs of Nantes,Philippe(Benoit Magimel) is a salesman who lives with his widowed mother,Christine(Clement) and 2 sisters,Sophie and Patricia. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by technoguy
Benoit Magimel stars as Philippe in "The Bridesmaid," a 2004 adaptation of the popular Ruth Rendell whodunit. Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by Westley
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