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It's love at first sight when bridesmaid Senta falls into the life of a handsome young Phillipe at the wedding of his younger sister. As their passion for one another intensifies, Phillipe slowly discovers that Senta is shrouded in mystery.When one day she asks Phillipe to performa a terrible deed as proof of his love for her,Phillipe must come to terms with who his lover might really be.
A lean, elegant, and venomous thriller, The Bridesmaid is less concerned with sneaky plot twists than with slithering under your skin. A young man named Phillip (Benoit Magimel, The Piano Teacher), who's been pouring all his energy into his job, meets a lovely young woman named Senta (Laura Smet, Gille's Wife) at his sister's wedding. Lured in by Senta's beauty and obsessive passion, Phillip finds himself sinking into Senta's strangely out-of-synch world--and her unsettling demands. Director Claude Chabrol is justly famous for his sinuous thrillers (such as La Ceremonie and La Fleur du Mal) and often called the French Hitchcock, but Chabrol's suspense is very different from Hitchcock's. Chabrol unpeels the layers of Phillip's mind--for example, Chabrol spends as much time on the young man's relationship with his mother as on his affair with Senta, grounding the story firmly in Phillip's psyche. As a result, when Phillip struggles to hold onto Senta, the unstable emotions are as suspenseful as a ticking bomb. --Bret Fetzer
This could be an interesting thriller, but, unfortunately, some situations seem forced, unnatural. Also, much of it was predictable. Read morePublished 19 days 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
"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