La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone)
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La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone)
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 has yet to learn how to serve dinner correctly. Wealthy liberals, they treat her generously enough and expect diligence and reliability in return. However, Sophie didn't tell her new employers that she is dyslexic, and very soon she has terrible troubles with even such supposedly ordinary things as shopping lists. She befriends outspoken postal clerk… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As the movers and shakers of this peculiar saga, Bonnaire and Huppert are unnerving and fascinating to watch together."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Chabrol's metier has always been tracing the cracks in the old family china, and this movie presents a brittle set, indeed."
‑ Robert Horton,
"Claude Chabrol peaked with this engrossing and shocking thriller."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The exorcism of bourgeois complacency is delivered with force."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Disconcerting and riveting, this film is too close for comfort, but too good to miss."
‑ , E! Online
"Elegant, brisk and lethal in its assault on the obliviousness of the haute bourgeoise."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles 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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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"
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"In spite of the fact that I am obviously not operating on French director Claude Chabrol's wavelength, I enjoyed the film nevertheless."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"Chabrol ... does a superb job of building tension and then letting it dissipate slowly to increase the suspense."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Chabrol's most accomplished and popular movie in decades."
‑ John Hartl,
"Arguably Chabrol and Huppert's finest joint effort, it matches Huppert with Sandrine Bonnaire as a disgruntled postal clerk and sinister housekeeper."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"one of Chabrol's greatest achievements of the 1990s"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Its visceral, lingering punch proves again that Chabrol is one of the world's master filmmakers."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"A mildly intriguing effort that pokes about on the dark side but never really bites."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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