La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone)
La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone) (1995)

When Catherine Lelievre (Jacqueline Bisset) hires mousy and taciturn Sophie (Sandrine Bonnaire) as a housemaid, she thinks that she found a treasure. Mr. Lelievre (Jean-Pierre Cassel) seems to agree with her, pointing out that the maid just… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

As the movers and shakers of this peculiar saga, Bonnaire and Huppert are unnerving and fascinating to watch together.

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Robert Horton
Film.com

Chabrol's metier has always been tracing the cracks in the old family china, and this movie presents a brittle set, indeed.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Claude Chabrol peaked with this engrossing and shocking thriller.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Elegant, brisk and lethal in its assault on the obliviousness of the haute bourgeoise.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Watching the film, you think maybe you know where it's headed. Or maybe not. Not every ceremony ends in the way we anticipate.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Though Chabrol continues to create new films on an almost constant basis, he created a high water mark for his late career with La Cérémonie

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John Hartl
Film.com

Chabrol's most accomplished and popular movie in decades.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Arguably Chabrol and Huppert's finest joint effort, it matches Huppert with Sandrine Bonnaire as a disgruntled postal clerk and sinister housekeeper.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

one of Chabrol's greatest achievements of the 1990s

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Another great French thriller with one of my favourite actresses: Isabelle Huppert.
Emily B.
After only my first Claude Chabrol film I can see why he is sometimes known as the French Alfred Hitchcock. La Cérémonie is based on the Ruth Rendell book… More

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