La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid)
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La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid)
The master of French suspense joins forces with the queen of English suspense fiction for this tense tale of the treacherous love affair between a disturbed bridesmaid and an unsuspecting young man. Philippe (Benoit Magimel) lives in a quiet French town with his hairdresser mother Christine (Aurore Clément) and two younger sisters. Soon after the news breaks about a local girl who has mysteriously vanished, Philippe's mother introduces her children to Gerard (Bernard Le Coq) -- a local businessman who may have matrimonial intentions toward the attractive beautician. Soon after receiving… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A prickly, twisted, mean-spirited, borderline crazy and highly seductive picture."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Entering his sixth decade, Chabrol remains a master inspector of the criminal heart of the French bourgeoisie."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Chabrol develops the situation with sly restraint, while Eduardo Serra's cinematography generates a palpable sense of provincial menace."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Chabrol locates this impressively acted tale in an everyday world with a quietly menacing atmosphere."
‑ , Total Film
"Brilliantly directed and acted, The Bridesmaid is one of the year's best films."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"This 2004 French feature seems concerned not so much with the psychopathology of everyday life as with psychopaths who lurk behind the everyday."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A superbly unsettling crime drama about a seemingly ordinary family, ravaged by passions that descend on them like a plague."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A polished thriller from one of cinema's most accomplished murder mystery fans."
‑ , Film4
"A warm cup of milk spiked with acid"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Only in a Chabrol film can subjects like lust, obsession and family dynamics not lead you to a psychological insight. That's why The Bridesmaid is so much fun to watch. It's scary and seductive, and you're not bothered in the least by that connection."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Chabrol arranges his story with a subtle, almost clinical accumulation. And it takes close attention to the movie's seemingly innocuous details to understand his deeper purposes."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"At age 76 with 54 films to his credit, Chabrol can do little wrong and pretty much whatever he likes."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Once again Chabrol tells the tale with an almost clinical detachment and discretion -- the pacing is almost coldly deliberate and the camera often cuts away rather than intrude -- but the upshot is well worth the wait."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A compelling watch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's fascinating to watch the level-headed Philip's descent into a relationship with a woman that he knows is insane."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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