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Top Customer Reviews
In the course of that revelation, Bonnaire befriends the town postmistress, brilliantly played by Isabelle Huppert, who is essentially incapable of rendering a bad performance in any work she appears in. Huppert's postmistress is the opposite in character to Bonnaire's wallflower. Brash, intense, and happy to flaunt authority, the postmistress encourages the housekeeper to express herself, to break out of her shell regardless of the secret she wishes no one to know about, to enjoy life even without the wealth that Bonnaire's employers have and that Huppert resents so vehemently.
As the housekeeper comes to trust the postmistress more and more, and, based on that, becomes more assertive, the postmistress tells her what she really wants. The psychological interplay between these two characters is done so superbly that the tremendously shocking ending is completely credible and all the more powerful for it.
The film's setting, a small rural French town, also contributes to its power, and is an equally superb choice that subtly underlines the contrast of the highly educated wealthy who retreat from the world, and the street smart working class who make the world what it is--in particular, foisting it when and where they can on their bitter rivals, the rich, for position in the world they know.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A highly unusual movie that attempts to mix three different story strategies. First, it's a thriller about two psychopaths who have murdered before. Read morePublished 21 months ago by librich
Chabrol has made a film of oppositional contrasts between eccentricity and evasion of two female underdogs(Sandrine Bonnaire and Isabel Huppert) against the upperclass Catherine... Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by technoguy
This is about Sophie (Sandrine Bonaire), who has applied to be the maid for Catherine Lelievre (Jacqueline Bisset) and her family. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Tommy Dooley
[Review of the New York Video VHS]
I found this VHS at a thrift shop
and purchased it as an impulse
because the plot description on the box
was... Read more
This film builds subtly and disturbingly from the beginning to an amazing finish, but offering along the way some hilarious scenes from the superb Huppert and even a few moments... Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by Walter J. Jamieson Jr.
I agree with another reviewer here...this movie just left me cold and disgusted...I guess people think because it is French, it must be clever? Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Scott Benkel
Claude Chabrol's "La Ceremonie" is based on the infamous Pepin murders of 1933. In 1933,a pair of (possibly) incestuous maids killed the family they served. Read morePublished on August 22, 2008 by Amaranth
I can find no finer actresses to listen to or look at than Sandrine Bonnaire and Isabel Huppert. With both in the same film- Heaven!Published on June 18, 2008 by ComityZenThrall
An excellent portrayal of two very different personalities. Hupert's character is a chilling portrayal of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder. Read morePublished on December 10, 2007 by Marilyn915