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

This French tragicomedy takes place in a remote chateau owned by a wealthy family. To help keep it up, they hire an introverted young woman as a maid. She ends up changing their lives forever. Sophie, the rigid and socially awkward maid… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 30, 1995
DVD 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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John Hartl

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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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

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Robert Horton

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

Cole Smithey

Claude Chabrol peaked with this engrossing and shocking thriller.

James Berardinelli

Dire, tense, unpredictable, and, ultimately, satisfying.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A tight, beautifully contained thriller that plunges four wonderful actors ... into dangerous territory.

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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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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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