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The Bridesmaid (2004/First Run/Claude Chabrol)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Film: C+



Claude Chabrol continues his ways as a sort of latter-day Hitchcock, though I cannot name one of his films that good, with The Bridesmaid (2004).  This is the familiar story of one illicit lover trying to get another to commit is risky crime (robbery, murder, etc.) and what the fallout will be.  There is little suspense here, but to make things odder, it is based on a novel by Ruth Rendell.


Besides covering previous Chabrol material, we have covered two box sets worth of Rendell work from TV.  One had a lead detective, the other an anthology of various stories.  The common denominator between all three now apparent is that Rendell’s work has done the miraculously annoying thing of taking detective mystery fiction and making it as flat and formulaic as police procedural clichés, even when a detective is not around!


The result here is a combination of like minds and approaches that ultimately lead to a predictable, stylish, muddy and even erotic at times (the part that kept us from falling asleep in this case) film that never delivers, amounting to more style than substance.  For both writer and director, the title lives up to that old adage, always a bridesmaid…


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 is a little softer than a recent film ought to be, but color is consistent and depth is not bad.  The Dolby Digital French 2.0 Stereo has no major surrounds, but is clean and clear.  Extras include text bio/filmographies, Chabrol interview, making of featurette, stills and trailers for other First Run releases.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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