Claude Chabrol's The Bridesmaid still hangs on this week, playing on one screen, having earned less than $100,000 in its United States run, despite mostly warm reviews. I can't say what it is people don't like about this movie; I think it's one of Chabrol's best.

It tells the story of an enterprising young man (Benoît Magimel) who meets the mysterious and eerily sexy "Senta" (Laura Smet) at his sister's wedding. She begins making pledges of love and devotion to him, and he responds with enthusiasm and even borderline obsession, but no one knows exactly how far the pairing will go. Chabrol masterfully carries us through the plot, but also delves headfirst into the story's more human, more erotic aspects.

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