Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 179: Fri Jun 28

La Ceremonie (Chabrol, 1995): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.10pm

This sscreening is part of the 'Playing the Bitch' season at the NFT. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Not to be confused with films of the same title by Nagisa Oshima and Laurence Harvey, this expertly contrived and ultimately shocking 1995 psychological thriller is still probably the best feature by New Wave filmmaker Claude Chabrol since 
Just Before Nightfall (1971). It's a mysterious, haunting tale about a sullen if dutiful maid (Sandrine Bonnaire), a postal worker who becomes her best friend (Isabelle Huppert), and a likable bourgeois family that the two women are fated to despise. Adapted from Ruth Rendell's novel A Judgment in Stone and coscripted by psychoanalyst Caroline Eliacheff, this film unfolds with the rigor of a dream. With Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Virginie Ledoyen, and Valentin Merlet.

Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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