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The Bridesmaid
A Film by Claude Chabrol

110 minutes, color, French w/ English subtitles, 2006

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It's love at first sight when bridesmaid Senta falls into the life of handsome young Philippe at the wedding of his younger sister. As their passion for one another intensifies, Philippe slowly discovers that Senta is shrouded in mystery. When one day she asks Philippe to perform a terrible deed as proof of his love for her, Philippe must come to terms with who his lover might really be.

Directed by Claude Chabrol, the master of the Hitchcockian thriller, and based on the novel by Ruth Rendell, “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world” (Time Magazine). Starring Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher) and newcomer Laura Smet (daughter of actress Nathalie Baye and French rock idol Johnny Hallyday).

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"Superbly unsettling! Chabrol is a genius." - Chicago Tribune

"Insidiously chilling! Chabrol has never seemed more Hitchcockian." - Boston Globe

"Chabrol once again has achieved greatness. Don't miss it!" - San Francisco Examiner

"The deliciously twisted world of Claude Chabrol turns on a different axis from our own, though a closer look always suggests discomfiting similarities. A deceptively understated and finally ferocious film." - The New York Times

"Macabre and claustrophobic, this deliciously dark tale is highly recommended. In Laura Smet, Chabrol has found his most chillingly persuasive psycho-siren since Isabelle Huppert in La Cérémonie." - London Times

"Claude Chabrol makes his particular kind of unnerving, deliciously amoral thrillers look easy. The Bridesmaid uses the extraordinary craft Chabrol has acquired over the decades to insinuate itself inside our psyches in unexpected and potent ways." - Los Angeles Times

Recommended Reading

Claude Chabrol by Guy Austin


See details about this film's theatrical run.

Read Terrence Rafferty's article in The New York Times about Claude Chabrol.

Disc Features

●  Bonus Documentary: Chabrol directs The Bridesmaid
●  Director Interview
●  Director Biography & Filmography
●  Photo Gallery

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