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The Bridesmaid(La demoiselle d'honneur)

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France, Germany, Italy · 2004
1h 51m
Director Claude Chabrol
Starring Benoît Magimel, Laura Smet, Michel Duchaussoy, Aurore Clément
Genre Drama, Romance, Thriller

Philippe lives with his mother and sisters on the outskirts of Nantes. At his sister’s wedding, he falls in love with a bridesmaid named Senta, inciting a fiery affair. Senta is irresistible to Philip, but she seems somewhat off-center and unusual. Things change when she requests he murder a stranger to prove their love.

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Variety by Deborah Young

At 74, Chabrol is in full possession of his talent for elegant, understated filmmaking, though he's far from his disturbing films of the '50s and '60s.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

The Bridesmaid is fairly familiar Chabrol country, an exploration of the psychological undercurrent of the bourgeoisie, with heavy helpings of black comedy.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Chabrol sets us up, of course, which is half the fun, and the experience is a delight for lack of pomposity (his visual storytelling remains no-nonsense) as well as genre expertise.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

The Bridesmaid goes slack at times, as it follows multiple Magimel family subplots, but as always, Chabrol stages everything with an elegant economy, moving the camera in short bursts that direct the eye but don't distract. Still, the movie would fail completely if not for the dynamic between the two leads.


The New Republic by Stanley Kauffmann

Chabrol insured the power of this dangerously difficult film with perfect casting. The two lovers are so well acted that their story--and its finish--are incredibly convincing.