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La Cérémonie

Director: Claude Chabrol
Writers: Claude Chabrol and Caroline Eliacheff
Director of Photography: Bernard Zitzermann
Editor: Monique Fardoulis
Music: Mathieu Chabrol
Producer: Marin Karmitz
New Yorker Films; NR; 111 minutes
Release: 12/96
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Virginie Ledoyen and Valentin Merlet
In French with English subtitles

The tension builds slowly, but when it finally erupts, it's an all-out bloodbath. From her first day on the job as a maid in the Lelièvre house, it's obvious something is amiss with Sophie (Bonnaire). She's secretive and reserved in the company of others, yet ravenous and crude when alone. Resentful of her place among the privileged, Sophie finds a soulmate in Jeanne (Huppert), a postal worker who loathes the Lelièvre patriarch (Cassel). Both Sophie and Jeanne have a history of psychological problems, and, as their bond grows tighter, their behavior becomes more and more destructive. A chilling psychological thriller sparked by tension between the classes.


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