Cérémonie

Cérémonie

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Director: Claude Chabrol

Cast: Claude Chabrol, Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bisset

     
 

Jacqueline Bisset and Isabelle Huppert star in this tense but intelligent French thriller from director Claude Chabrol, which has been given a well-detailed presentation on DVD. La Cérémonie has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. TheSee more details below

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Jacqueline Bisset and Isabelle Huppert star in this tense but intelligent French thriller from director Claude Chabrol, which has been given a well-detailed presentation on DVD. La Cérémonie has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in the original French, with optional English subtitles. Bonus material include a short documentary on the making of the film, an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, a filmography of Chabrol's work, and the movie's original trailer.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 Jeanne (Isabelle Huppert), who occasionally helps her with the above-mentioned lists and tells her all sorts of gossip about the Lelievre family. Mr. Lelievre, who suspects that Jeanne opens their mail, tells Sophie that Jeanne was charged with the murder of her four-year-old daughter and though she was later acquitted, he can't believe in her innocence. Thus he forbids Sophie to invite Jeanne to the Lelievre house, and the tension between Sophie and her employers increases. What could have been a thriller in the hands of a different director, in the case of Claude Chabrol has become another witty and observant social commentary about the eternal confrontation between the rich and the poor. Ruth Rendell's novel A Judgement in Stone was previously filmed in 1986 in Canada.

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All Movie Guide
Like his compatriot Jean-Luc Godard, director Claude Chabrol has always been fond of manipulating genres. Typically working within the conventions of the crime thriller, Chabrol's movies prefer a clinical, aloof detachment which allows for all sorts of commentary on the suspense genre itself. In the case of the director's La Cérémonie, the suspense of the story comes from the menace of class conflict rather than standard thrills. Two of France's most esteemed actresses, Sandrine Bonnaire and Isabelle Huppert, hold the misanthropic story together with unnerving portrayals of "ice and fire"; they shared Best Actress honors at the Venice Film Festival for their work. The film was another in a series of comebacks for Chabrol, who repeatedly falls in and out of favor with critics and audiences. La Cérémonie was his most respected, successful work since 1988's The Story of Women.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
UPC:
0037429196526
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
NR
Source:
Homevision
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Jeanne
Sandrine Bonnaire Sophie
Jacqueline Bisset Catherine Lelievre
Jean-Pierre Cassel Georges Lelievre
Virginie Ledoyen Melinda
Valentin Merlet Actor
Jean-François Perrier Priest
Yves Verhoeven Delivery Boy
David Gabison Actor
Claire Ifrane Actor
Serge Rousseau Actor
Dominique Frot Madame Lantier

Technical Credits
Claude Chabrol Director,Screenwriter
Matthieu Chabrol Score Composer,Songwriter
Cédric Chami Makeup
Dominique Colladant Special Effects
Monique Fardoulis Editor
Christoph Holch Co-producer
Corinne Jorry Costumes/Costume Designer
Marin Karmitz Producer
Cecile Maistre Asst. Director
Thi Loan Nguyen Makeup
Jean-Bernard Thomasson Sound/Sound Designer
Claude Villand Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Zitzermann Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapters
   Extras
      The Making of La Cérémonie
      Original Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off

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