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French master filmmaker Claude Chabrol's lastest film is a throwback to earlier works, yet somehow things don't quite come together as they should.
Once he accepts that his mother loves another, he transfers all of his love onto the cold object that once decorated the family garden and he longs for its return.
Maybe that's because Philippe's obsession with "Flora" didn't work in the script ("Flora" should look like Senta, but this fact is not stressed enough).
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
"La Ceremonie" was arguably too Nietzschean and morbid for its own sake. Its portrayal of class arguably too obvious and reductive. Read more
[The following review includes mild spoilers.]
French veteran director Claude Chabrol takes up again Ruth Rendell's thriller (after his terrific "Judgment of Stone" made... Read more
Claude Chabrol does not need to be compared to Alfred Hitchcock. His cinematic view of family obligation, obsession in everyday life, and cliché rituals (such as weddings)... Read morePublished on September 4, 2007 by Samantha M. Summers
Perfectly done, crisp performed and directed by Claude Chabrol; - a director, who is not in my list as a favorite one. Read morePublished on May 13, 2007 by AregAsa
Claude Chabrol's film adaptation of Ruth Rendell's novel is fascinating to watch, but it ultimately has the same problem as the source material. Read morePublished on March 30, 2007 by Tom S.