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A Judgment in Stone

1995 1h 51m Drama List
94% Tomatometer 33 Reviews 87% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
A wealthy family's new housemaid (Sandrine Bonnaire) befriends a mercurial postmistress (Isabelle Huppert), with dire consequences. Read More Read Less

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Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: B+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Desson Thomson Washington Post As the movers and shakers of this peculiar saga, Bonnaire and Huppert are unnerving and fascinating to watch together. Jan 22, 2002 Full Review Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times Elegant, brisk and lethal in its assault on the obliviousness of the haute bourgeoise. Feb 14, 2001 Full Review Farah Cheded A Good Movie To Watch Remains viscerally shocking, no matter how many times you watch it. Nov 11, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand Part social drama, part psychological thriller, the crisp, character-rich thriller is one of the finest films of [Chabrol's] career. Aug 27, 2023 Full Review Kristy Strouse Cinematic Lovelies Stealthily clever, La Cérémonie revels in its peculiarity with a sharp edge. Mar 1, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Abe A About halfway through this I thought it was dross. Then it flipped the script, and ended up being a masterpiece. A masterpiece of analysis of sociopathy. It's not exactly a psychological study because it doesn't sufficiently explore the psychology of its characters. It portrays sociopathy without an in-depth exploration of the WHY; it gives you the WHAT without the why. So you're mystified by what you see, but you accept it because it's realistic. As a portrayal it's very well done and has the hand of a master. In terms of form, it shows great mastery of structure. The moment of 'revelation' is for me one of the great scenes in all cinema. As an adaptation of a Ruth Rendell book, the end almost snatches defeat from the jaws of victory, but somehow Chabrol manages to avoid Rendell-like melodrama. Overall it's not a movie of scenecraft a la Fellini, or of experimentation a la Godard; it's a formal, traditional work, but certainly a fascinating work of psychological realism. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/23/24 Full Review Dani G The crazy women of Chabrol... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 09/14/23 Full Review acsdoug D Starts out slow but builds to a big climax. Interesting film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/20/23 Full Review andrey k Huppert's character, Jeanne, is one of the ugliest and dangerous put on film; alongside Frank Booth, I'd even go so far as to state: blaming all the world and especially more fortunate people than herself for her condition and unfulfilled desires, also blaming 'them' (as she's so fond of putting in cotrast with her) for her past mistakes. What's even more disgusting, she is a social parasite, conveying her disease to other vulnerable and susceptible to influence people, like the hard-working Sophie; and so the rest follows. And the film as a whole is a pretty bad take on 'poor classes had enough of it' Marxist routine. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Fresh off a baby's bottom, smooth & pale, two placid travesties make one genuine act of subtle subversion and engaging good-byes. Bravo to Huppert & Bonnaire. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Thanks to disturbing performances from leads Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire, Claude Chabrol crafts an ambiguous adaptation that unsettles the viewer. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A wealthy family's new housemaid (Sandrine Bonnaire) befriends a mercurial postmistress (Isabelle Huppert), with dire consequences.
Claude Chabrol
Marin Karmitz
Ruth Rendell, Claude Chabrol, Caroline Eliacheff
Production Co
France 3 Cinéma, Olga-Film GmbH, MK2 Productions
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 10, 2005
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 51m