La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid)
La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Chabrol has crafted another sophisticated, unsettling thriller about sinister doings among the bourgeoisie.

Andrew O'Hehir

A prickly, twisted, mean-spirited, borderline crazy and highly seductive picture.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Entering his sixth decade, Chabrol remains a master inspector of the criminal heart of the French bourgeoisie.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Chabrol develops the situation with sly restraint, while Eduardo Serra's cinematography generates a palpable sense of provincial menace.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This 2004 French feature seems concerned not so much with the psychopathology of everyday life as with psychopaths who lurk behind the everyday.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A superbly unsettling crime drama about a seemingly ordinary family, ravaged by passions that descend on them like a plague.


A polished thriller from one of cinema's most accomplished murder mystery fans.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

At age 76 with 54 films to his credit, Chabrol can do little wrong and pretty much whatever he likes.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Japes .
This is probably going to be the last French movie I ever watch. I didn't really like it. I'll stick with the movies in Spanish, I think those are… More
Jesse Ortega
This is a solid movie with a good, and twister, story. Problem lies in the fact that the film takes too long to get to the point. The movie does give you… More
Mark Abell
To say that Senta (Laura Smet) is obsessed is like saying that the Antarctic is cold. Just a slight understatement. Philippe (Benoit Magimel) meets the lovely… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Bridesmaid", Philippe(Benoit Magimel) is a salesman living in a small town in France with his mother(Aurore Clement) and… More