Overall Rank: 3420
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 20
Theatrical Release Date: 12/18/1996
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Claude Chabrol
Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Jacqueline Bisset, Virginie Ledoyen, Valentin Merlet
Plot: A maid working for an affluent family befriends postmistress Jeanne - who entourages her to rebel against the family but Sophie remains submissive, until she is told to break off her friendship with Jeanne. Both women hide secrets and when Sophie's comes out and the family dismisses her, it demands a reprisal. -- Chris Kavan
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Allison - wrote on 06/22/2008
One of the best Chabrol films and my personal favorites. Its unexpectedness and the greatness of the two female leads is amazing. Of course the supporting actors are incredibly phenomenal as well. One of my favorites, it never ceases to shock me. This got me on a Ruth Rendell kick (she wrote the book this is based on).
Allison - wrote on 11/14/2007
One of the best Chabrol films. Its unexpectedness and the greatness of the two female leads is amazing. Of course the supporting actors are incredibly phenomenal as well. One of my favorites, it never ceases to shock me. This got me on a Ruth Rendell kick (she wrote the book this is based on).
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cacb3995 - wrote on 09/23/2018
Based on the 1977 novel “A Judgement in Stone” by Ruth Rendell, which in turn was inspired by real life events that transpired in 1933, “La Cérémonie” tells the story of young Sophie (Sandrine Bonnaire) as she’s hired as a maid by the well accomodated Lelièvre family. She’s shy and introverted, and has a disadvantage that’s revealed later on in the film but that still plays an important role, and even more important, there’s an event in her past that still exerts its influence on her. Being new in town, she quickly befriends Jeanne (Isabelle Huppert), a local girl who works at the post office and has an uncomplicated view on life. The problem is that her employers don’t want her hanging around with Jeanne, Mr. Lelièvre (Jean-Pierre Cassel) really dislikes her, and …
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