For nearly 50 years Claude Chabrol has been getting away with murder. In several senses. "The Bridesmaid," which opens in the United States on Friday, is his 54th feature film. "The Bridesmaid" (La Demoiselle de L'Honneur) is also a perfect illustration of another sense in which Claude Chabrol, at 76, continues to get away with murder: it is, like so many of his pictures, a thriller that - calmly, deliberately and with exquisite perversity - refuses to thrill. He prefers on the whole to unsettle, to disorient, to unnerve and to create the sort of apprehension that cannot finally be resolved. Terrence Rafferty reports.
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