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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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La cérémonie / A Judgement in Stone

Impeccably bourgeois Catherine Lelievre employs the young, unsociable, resentful and secretly illiterate Sophie as a housekeeper. Sophie meets the local postmistress Jeanne. The two have completely different natures. One is reserved, quiet and introvert; the other, open, talkative and extrovert. Their shared sense of dissatisfaction leads to friendship. Both harbour dark secrets. One was implicated in the death of her father, the other was accused of killing her child. Apart they are peaceful, but together they become deadly. Jeanne, with her psychopathic nature, hates Catherine and her husband Georges because they represent what she would like to be but can?t.
Was the first of the writers for the mythical review Cahiers du Cinéma to move behind the camera with Le beau Serge (Bitter Reunion, 1958). He was later followed by Truffaut, Rohmer and Godard who became, despite their different tendencies and styles, the founders of the French Nouvelle Vague. He has filmed almost seventy movies, mainly detective, drama and suspense. He is an excellent narrator who occasionally uses irony to mock the French rural bourgeoisie. Golden Shell at San Sebastian for Rien ne va plus (The Swindle, 1997). He was Chairman of the Official Jury at San Sebastian in 2001.
Claude Chabrol
Claude Chabrol, Caroline Eliacheff
Bernard Zitzermann
Monique Fardoulis
Matthieu Chabrol
Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Jacqueline Bisset, Virginie Ledoyen
Running Time
112 m.
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