La Ceremonie in April
Second Sight have announced the UK DVD release of La Ceremonie for 17th April 2006 priced at £19.99. One of acclaimed director Claude Chabrol’s most celebrated and unforgettable films, La Ceremonie is adapted from Ruth Rendell’s chilling novel A Judgement In Stone and stars two of France’s most esteemed actresses Sandrine Bonnaire (Monsieur Hire) and Isabelle Huppert (8 Women). The pair make the film with their unnerving portrayals of “ice and fire” for which they shared Best Actresses honours at the Venice Film Festival.
When Catherine Lelievre (Jacqueline Bisset, Domino) hires Sophie (Bonnaire) as a live in maid for her wealthy family, they think they’ve found a treasure, but it soon transpires that although extremely efficient, she is strangely detached. Her free time is spent alone in her room until she meets local postal clerk Jeanne (Huppert) who has a disturbed history and a grudge against Sophie’s new employers. As the pair bond the family grow increasingly concerned.
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.66:1 approx) with French Stereo sound and forced English subtitles, extras include an 18-minute ‘making of’.