La Cérémonie (1995)

Claude Chabrol directs Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire and Jacqueline Bisset in this French thriller where a maid starts an intense friendship with the local post office mistress, a person whom her employers object to.

Dorky haircuts. Lonely women acting like rebellious teens. Eat the rich. This chiller based on a Ruth Rendell novel is slow burn. The outcome feels inevitable. Yet Chabrol’s non-judgmental approach to the material means you might side more with the eventual killers than the ostensible victims. Huppert is never less than enthralling.


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