Directed by Claude Chabrol, starring Benôit Magimel, Laura Smet, Aurore Clément, Solène Bouton, Anna Mihalcea and Bernard le Coq.

Philippe Tardieu (Magimel) lives a calm and ordered life, working a steady job and living with his mother (Clément) and sisters (Bouton and Mihalcea). At his sister's wedding, he meets her bridesmaid Senta (Smet) and the pair embark on a passionate love affair.

It isn't long before Philippe is staying out all night, causing his mother to worry and neglecting his work. He becomes obsessed by the stone bust of a young woman, a garden ornament, which he believes looks like Senta. Meanwhile, Senta herself spends her days in bed, awaiting her lover's return.

When Senta says she knew that she and Philippe were meant to be together as soon as she saw him and what he can do to prove his undying love, alarm bells start to go off for the audience, but Philippe remains blissfully ignorant of what he's gotten himself into. From here, the tale becomes ever more predictable.

Magimel and Smet are good, as far as their roles allow, but it's the story that's the real problem here. Based on the novel by Ruth Rendell, the idea of the femme fatale and her eager lover has been done too many times. Here it's too paint-by-numbers to have any originality.

Despite the intended passion of its protagonists 'The Bridesmaid' is a very lukewarm and un-engaging affair.

Katie Moten