La Cérémonie (1995) - full transcript

The upper-class owner of a gallery, Catherine Lelievre, hires the efficient and quiet maid Sophie to work in the family manor in the French countryside. Her husband Georges Lelievre, who is an opera lover, her daughter Melinda and her teenage son Gilles welcome Sophie and appreciate her work. Sophie soon befriends the postmistress Jeanne, who is a bad egg and encourages Sophie to rebel against her employers, but the maid stays submissive. However, Sophie is ashamed of a secret and feels uncomfortable in many situations, finding a way to hide her secret. When Georges tells Sophie that he does not want Jeanne in his house, Sophie stands up to him. Melinda discovers her secret and Sophie blackmails her, but Melinda tells her parents what happened. Georges fires Sophie and she returns to the house later with Jeanne on the rampage.

Sophie Bonhomme?

I'm Catherine Leli?vre

-Something to drink? I'm having tea
-There's no need

Let me explain the position

We live in an isolated house near a
small town about ten kilometres away

Only three of us, but it is
a large house

My stepdaughter sometimes comes
for weekends

We occasionally entertain,
involving extra work...

I'm not afraid of work, Madame

I do the cooking; my husband gets the
groceries each week, or we telephone

So your hours won't be too long

I can cook

-You wouldn't mind the isolation?
-I don't know

I could drive you to town sometimes

I run an art gallery

You want my references?

Madame Dutoit's husband died

She's going to her son in Australia

So you're free now?

I gave satisfaction for a long time,
as she'll tell you

You can call or write

I'll call tonight...

...but I'm sure it will be all right

I'll meet you, as we're hard to find

Do you know about the trains?

There's one at nine a.m.

So when shall we say... Tuesday?

Yes. What day is this?

Saturday; so you'll have the weekend

All right, then. Thank you, Madame

So it's all settled.
See you on Tuesday

Madame Dutoit paid me 5,500 francs

Oh, I'm sorry... shall we say
6,000 francs?

I'll tell you all about it.
We expected you last night

I was busy

You could have called your father

Need any help?

No, thanks. Where are the menfolk?

Zapping away at the new satellite TV

You're supposed to choose

What do you want?

A sunset

Not bad, touch wood

-What more do you want?
-Not the TV, idiot

-I was referring to the new maid
-Don't call her that, it's degrading

-What's her name, anyway?

''The Sorrows of...''

Why not say housekeeper?

Can you hear me saying that?

Actually, it's quite complimentary

Maid of all work... not many people
can boast as much

These are good. Can this skivvy cook?

Don't joke about it

Her reference says she's pretty good

You've got her on trial?

Stupidly, I forgot to mention that,
but I'm sure she'll turn out all right

Well, we need someone

Too true

-Not too ugly, is she?
-Why? Keen to try it on?

The boy's right to admire
beautiful things

Thanks, Georgo

The question is pertinent;
ergo, it deserves an answer

I've no idea. I just didn't notice

She's no monstrosity, though;
that I'd have noticed

Better than last week's fatso, I hope

-No comparison. Everyone finished?
-Unless I eat the shells

You'll see for yourself on Tuesday...
the nine a.m. train

-I thought I'd missed you
-No, I took an earlier train

I hope you hadn't waited too long?

I was lucky, got parked right outside

I'm Jeanne Marchal, St. Coulomb
post office

Could you give me a lift?

I missed my bus, and Annie's
on the counter alone

Sit in front with me, Sophie

I spend three days every month at home.
We can split up our holidays

-Wouldn't a month at home be nicer?
-Oh, I wouldn't like that at all

Sophie, could you see if there are
cigarettes in the glove-box?

She must be wondering who you are

My husband can't stand her

Have you a dead donkey in here?

Strong, aren't you?

There's a shower next door

Take your time settling in

-I'll show you the house later
-I'll come now and unpack later

No, I'll have coffee meantime

Do you like the room?

I don't know... Yes, of course

''There can be no justice
without humanity''

This is your domain

The vacuum cleaner is under the stairs

Dining-room. The tapestry is
very delicate

This bit is simple:
just soap and water

Our bedroom

Perhaps you'd change the sheets

Tidying up here

The library

I'm late. Is all that quite clear?

I don't know... I think so

I'll be back at six. Call me if
necessary; the number's by the phone

Gilles gets home at five

-Did you make the salad?
-Yes, Madame; I'll bring it at once

Is she good?

Wonderful, so far... fingers crossed

Good, simple cooking

-You agree, gastronome?
-She'll do

Put it on the table;
we'll help ourselves

She needs tips on serving

I'm sure she knows. You can't
set an exam

When are we leaving?

I'm booking a flight for the 20th

Remember last year's trouble

We could leave later

No, I've to be back to visit my father

Is Sophie off, too?

Too soon... and I doubt if
she's anywhere to go

No one ever telephones or writes to
her. Luckily, she has her telly

This chicken looks succulent

You drug her with that TV

It saves me making conversation,

She's just a robot to you

Don't exaggerate

Sophie, you can clear the table

She seems to have a thing
against books

I'd rather she left my desk alone

Why not let her use the car?

You lend her yours

I have a feeling she can't drive

Would arranging driving lessons
be paternalistic?

No, demagogic

I won't have you smoking; it's
easier not to start than to stop

One thing intrigues me

-Why don't you use the dishwasher?
-This is quicker; I dislike machines

If you want to go to town,
you can borrow my wife's car

I can't drive

We'd pay for lessons

My eyesight's too bad

Don't you have glasses?

I don't know

I can't see with them any more

We can fix that. I'll make an
appointment for Friday; I'll take you

MeIinda will collect you afterwards

I understand

MeIinda will be here at eleven

Tell them to send the bill to me

No change? Sure you have... see,
you've got the right money

-Can I help you?
-Have you any with lighter lenses?

-Are they very expensive?
-No... look

-I only have 100 francs
-You're all right, then

I'll take them

Sorry to have kept you waiting

-When do you get them... your glasses?

So soon? Another trip to town, then

Do they overwork you?

You mustn't let them, you know.
They're only too glad to have you

I'm just getting some milk

''Could you iron my white suit?''
It's for you

I'll iron my stuff later, unless...

Oh yes, I love ironing

-Got our tickets?
-I'm not a cretin

Give this to Fournier

I'll send you a postcard

Groceries are being delivered,
so you shouldn't run short

You can always phone

We'll be there on the 2nd.
Have a nice week, Sophie

Remember to get your glasses

Madame Leli?vre's order

There's another box

Thirsty work; would you have any beer?

It's fine like this

See the television last night? This
area did great, raised 550,000 francs

I don't know

Sign this for me

I can't sign their name

Your own will do

Right, l'm off

Just call if you need anything;
I'll come running

Not those

These are nicer and cheaper. Sure,
they're milk chocolate - it says so

How's it going?

-Especially with the Leli?vres away?

Heard from them?

They were lucky to find you, anyway

I must get back... someone
might phone

I'd drive you, but l've to work

Drop in any time, if you're passing

I spend half my time reading

I was passing, and there's
a card for you

-I'll open the door
-Don't bother

You have a car?

Not exactly new, but it goes

-I haven't my glasses
-Like me to read it?

''Having lovely holiday.
Thinking of you. Melinda''

I don't like going on holiday

Besides, there are pirates in
Corsica... they blow up boats

This is some place, it must be
hell to keep clean

Well done, one could eat off the floor.
You should give my place a once-over

Now, there's class for you

That's really something How does
it work? Haven't you ever tried it?

So many channels

All these books I love reading

OK if I borrow one?

''Journey to the End of the Night''.
Think it's good?

C?line... my mother's first name

Can I look upstairs?

How does it switch off?

-Shall we use first names?
-If you like

Nicely done up

-They both sleep here?

All these clothes

She was a model all right

Models often use made-up names

Aren't there photographs around?

I went for a modelling job as a kid;
they picked a blonde - her, I'm sure

But I'd rather be in movies,
wouldn't you?

I don't know

I recognized her from pictures when she
came to the post office. And she eyed me

Probably wondering where she'd seen me

Why bury yourself in the country?

To forget her carrying-on in Paris?

Funny things go on...

Not for the first time in this house,
I'm told

He's no better. Always listening
to music, right?

He does at his canning factory, I hear

He's the girl's father. Is she nice?

Yes, she's not bad

Not bad. Their old set, but better
than nothing; I don't have one at all

Maybe I could watch here, sometimes

-If you like
-We're friends, aren't we?

I must go. Can I wash my hands?

I do voIuntary work for
Catholic Relief

Sorting the clothes and stuff that's
donated. Like to come along?


-Are you free on Sunday?
-It depends

Not even Sundays off?

Don't stand for it

Thanks for showing me round

Come and see me any time

Having trouble?

It's the battery; onIy just fixed, too

-Shall I have a look?
-If you would; I'm hopeless

I'm no expert, but I like tinkering

I don't

I prefer poetry

You hope to publish?

Well, not just yet

Try it now

The battery mounting's loose

Got a tissue?

I've a hankie

Thanks again

Better go to a garage

We've hardly seen you. Found a lover?

No, preparing for exams

-Still keen on hunting?
-Maybe. Where are Gilles and Catherine?

Out walking; collecting mushrooms,
so they say

-Why didn't you go?
-Oh, you know...

Shall I clean the guns?

Why not? Is our treasure Sophie
learning to drive?

She's never mentioned it

Gilles says she often goes into town.
Maybe she prefers walking

-Do I clean the guns?
-I'll try to make it some Sunday

I'll clean them, then

Do you never stop working,
even on Sundays?

I like ironing

Don't mind me

Mind giving me a lift?
My moped's bust

I mind, but come on

I'm going to be late

I've a meeting this morning
and I may be late back

I've left a shopping list
by the phone

Call that number and they'll
deIiver today

We've nothing to eat in the house

What's up so early?

I need help

Our phone's out of order, so
could you call in this order?

I'll report the fault first

No, Monsieur Leli?vre's done that

Couldn't he take the list?

Well... he didn't know about it.
Stupidly, I forgot to tell him

Beneath his dignity, right?

I want to place an order, please

For the Leli?vres. Two packets
of spaghetti

Two lettuces, four veal cutlets,
eight lamb chops

Three rump steaks

Three tins sardines in oil,
three with pimento

Why sardines? They can their own

No good, maybe

Got the sardines, have you?

Six Vichy C?lestins

Four packets of coffee...
Yes... no... ''Carte Noire''

Two packets of navy blue napkins;
five kilos of Omo washing-powder

Yes, I'll tell them

They haven't the Vichy water.
They're also out of the coffee...

...the Omo and the navy blue napkins

Even sunpermarkets can run out.
You could try next door

Thanks a lot

-Want to see this?
-Yes, why not?

I'm mad about Paul Newman
Can I see it at your place?

-Yes, when is it?
-It says here, Sunday

I've an idea

Let's go to Catholic Relief first;
I'll pick you up at noon

I need ''Carte Noire'' coffee,
six bottles of Vichy C?lestin...

...Omo washing powder and
navy blue napkins

You're loaded like a pack-horse

The supermarket was out of some things

-Nice of you to bother, Sophie
-I like walking, anyway

We've people coming for Melinda's
birthday on Sunday. Can you be there?

I said I'd go to Catholic Relief

Charity work? That's good

I'm going with the postmistress

Well, do what you can;
I'll try to manage

Quick, it's so windy

-Look at this
-Wait, I'm helping Sophie

-No blue napkins
-I'll manage

Look at this parcel; it's been opened,
then done up again any old how

-Really? What's in it?
-It's for Melinda, probabIy a present

I'll get the blame. That woman
opens my letters, too

What can youn expect of a welfare case?

Yes, she took her battered kid to
hospital, where it died

They couldn't prove anything...

...but she was sent for trial

-How do you know allI this?
-From the newspapers. Remember?

You know I hate newspapers.
Maybe it wasn't her

It was. I recognized her at once
from the photograph

-It doesn't prove she did this
-No, or I'd have complained already

-Need any help, Sophie?
-No thanks, Mademoiselle

-Terrific Did you make all this?
-Just the quiches and cheese tartlets

Well, thanks anyway

-Is it midday yet?
-Half-past eleven. You aren't late

Here's J?r?mie

-It's J?r?mie
-He's not late, anyway

Here... Happy birthday

-What is it?
-Look and see

-So the party's begun?
-My brother Gilles... my friend J?r?mie

A bargain buy, they said

Can I borrow it? I'll pinch it, then

-Come and meet my parents
-Concerto for flute and harp, K. 299

You've done your homework

This is J?r?mie... my parents

See my present?

He recognized the Mozart

-You like Mozart?
-Very much. I'm toId you're a fanatic

Put it on the table

You're the first arrival. We're
expecting a few friends and relations

Ask Sophie for ice, would you?

These little quiches are wonderful

Our Sophie made them; she's odd,
but a real treasure

You're lucky

-How does it feel to be twenty?
-Much as usual, but I love the presents

Paul Nizan said: ''Let no one tell me
twenty is the best age''

I'm sure there are worse

I know an equally alarming but
less well-known saying

''There are many things I detest about
good people, but not the evil in them''

-Good God, who said that?

I should warn you that we're having
a buffet, not a sit-down meal

Good idea

-Sophie would have brought it
-She isn't there

Look for yourself

What's going on?


She's gone

-You took your time
-I couldn't get away earlier

Never mind. Look: do you Iike

We'll eat at my place;
then, Catholic Relief

The bastards kept you?

They've guests for Melinda's
birthday, but I slipped away

I wish I could see their faces

It's my birthday, too

Really? What luck we've got
those chanterelles

There's wine in the fridge

-Too much garlic, maybe
-It won't hurt

The bread's fresh today


Is it really your birthday?

-I know something about you
-Something good, I hope

That you kiled your child

-Who told you that?
-I just know

I didn't do it; she burned herself

They'd no proof. Want to see?

-You didn't do it?
-They couldn't prove it; the judge said

How could a mother kill her child?

Even if it's not normal

I know something about you

You like chocolate ice-cream? Take it
out of the fridge, to soften a bit

Cold, but good

You, isn't it? Read that

I'll read it, then

''Arsonist still at large, say police

''The fire that ravaged 15 rue de la
Providence, killing Jacques Bonhomme...

''...was deliberately started,
but the culprit remains unknown

''Devoted to her paralysed father...

''...the daughter was out shopping

''Her innocence was quickly

''We can't say as much for
the property developers...

''...who profited by the tragedy''

You, right?

You're Sophie Bonhomme

We'll do that later

You didn't do it?

They couldn't prove anything

Now let's go and do good deeds

For a change

-Hello, Madame Lantier
-Good of you to come, Jeanne

I brought Sophie to help

You're most welcome. We've been given
a lot of stuff, most of it useless

If it's not too awful, keep it;
the rest, chuck out

I could sew buttons on

Don't bother, it's all moth-eaten

Hurry up. Monsieur l'Abb?'s waiting

Their charity's a bit out-at-elbow

What's that?

The Abb?'s doing the choir

That's nice

''Arithmetic, 1st and 2nd Year Primer''

Who are they to use us as dustbins?

I don't know

Notice how Lantier stinks of tobacco?

With the priest it's piss

Just like my Dad

Not too much clearing up left, I hope

Happy birthday... Sophie told me

This way

Switch it on

On Two? No, Channel One

Those bloody ads

These letters have been deliberately
opened. It's happened before

So I'm lodging an official complaint

It's not my fault if they're torn
when they get here

We'll leave that to the enquiry. It
never happened with your predecessor

I don't see how you can prove it

-Look at me, Mademoiselle
-I'm looking

You got away with it once,
but not this time

Who do you think you are, accusing
me of opening your mail?

You read gossip about me, but I know

Your wife's a whore, like the one
who killed herself

Did you see that?

-Let her have it, did you?
-The girl's mad

I left a file on my desk
that I need urgently

I'll send a driver for it

It's clearly labelled...

You couldn't have missed it;
and the driver found no one in

-Your call was cut off
-I called back

It didn't ring. I must go...

-The driver found no one in
-With the phone out, I went shopping

My husband's here?

Your maid's getting up my nose

She's a maid, not a secretary

You don't have to be Einstein to find
a file. She hung up on me

Some things you don't ask her to do

She's no good with the telephone, with
books, but her housekeeping's perfect

Maybe, but I've had about enough

She's changed... almost insolent

And she's around less and less

I can't cope again like before

Of course not, but no one's

Maybe, but I had an awful job
finding her

Anyway, I must dash with this file.
Don't wait dinner, in case I'm late

We'll be watching a film on TV

With a tray... without me

Without you. Good film, though

She makes a good omelette

Terrific. What makes you say that?

I mean, Sophie's a good cook

Yes, she is... so what else is new?
What's wrong?

Be nice and get my cigarettes
from the bedroom

-Right now?
-Do you mind?

-Weird, isn't he?
-He won't say anything

Want one?

Make up your mind

You can smoke when I'm there

That's crazy, but OK

I'm worried; I don't think things are
going well between Georges and Sophie


He thinks she's taking advantage

I hadn't noticed. She's got
a friend upstairs

The girl from the post office

She's here? Georges will be furious

Don't tell him, then

-I don't see any other choice

I can't... I can't start
keeping secrets from him

One can never really relax

-OK for the Delon film tomorrow?
-Just don't let them see you

I'm afraid I've something
disagreeable to say

Your private life is your own,
and we have no wish to intervene

But that friend of yours
is not to come here again

-She did no harm
-I'm not going to discuss it

I will not tolerate someone
who opens my mail...

...and spreads malicious gossip

You may see her elsewhere...

...but I do not advise it

See what you made me do

You look grim

It's the skivvy... I'm beginning
to find her...



I'd sack her if your mother weren't
so afraid of not finding anyone else

How's the moped? I'm no taxi-driver

-Couldn't you wait till tonight?
-That's the problem

-Old Leli?vre fussing again?
-He says you can't come any more

I knew it They use you...

...and you just sit and take it

His daughter calls him a Fascist...

...his wife screws around with men
in that so-called gallery...

...and the son, he's the one
who ratted on us

But you can't have friends?
Bloody hell

I won't obey

They pretend to be nice,
but what do they know?

What kind of car, who inherits what

That's the only kind of problems
they have

If I'd had a tenth of what
they've got...

...I could have lived a very
different life

They won't get away with it

Drop me here

No, all the way. They won't be around

The daughter's car. What's this,
boy friend trouble?

Just run back home...
it's easy for her

You heard anything? You never say

I'd better drop you here

Try to find out

And tell me, for once

See you later

J?r?mie's in EngIand; it's cheaper
if I call from here

You're not expected?

I'll do it now

How's it going?

Fine, but I'd rather be with you
How are you?

I've got a problem

-Sort of. I'm ten days overdue

-Has it happened before?
-Never. I'm sure I'm pregnant

Don't panic if a test confirms it

we've still time to think

If you decide on an abortion or to
keep it, either way I'm with you

How do you feel?

I don't know, not exactly overjoyed,
but it's early days yet

I shan't let you down, though

-My father will go crazy
-It's not that bad

After all his birth control lectures...

...he's convinced that whoever this
happens to, it won't be his little girl

He'll know if I get an abortion,
and kick me out

Anyway, what matters most is us

We'll discuss it, then I'll
talk to him, OK?

-You'll call me tomorrow?
-Yes, I'll do that

I love you, Melinda We'll have kids,
don't worry, if not now, then later

I love you, too

You'll strain your eyes.
Shall I make tea?

Catherine told me about your friend

Don't stand for it. Dad tries to be
charitabIe, but can be a Fascist

Jeanne and I do charity work

You told us that

-Where are the cups?
-On the draining-board

-What name wouId you pick for a baby?
-I don't know

Sophie's nicer than Melinda

Do you know it means ''wise'' in Greek?

Any sugar?

There's a fun questionnaire here

''Are you a bitch?

Straight to the point

''He falls for a man.
A) You laugh

''B) You make him take an AIDS test

''C) Ask for a divorce.
D) Ask to meet the lover

''E) Sunggest a threesome.
F) Insist on secrecy''

You ask the questions,
see if I'm a bitch

I've work to do

It's not long

I haven't my glasses

Here they are

Are you shocked? I'm sorry

How about fashions?

Yes, I prefer that

You're dyslexic?

I'm sorry. I mean...

You don't know how to read?

You should have said

I could teach you, if you like

Or I saw a TV programme
about a woman doctor

She's in Paris and can help dyslexics,
even much older ones than you

My father would pay

Say one word, and I'll tell
about your baby

I'll tell your father.
You're the bitch, not me

So mind your own business

Sophie, we're back

Melinda's around

This is a nice surprise

What's wrong?

I'll leave you two

No, I have to tell you

You found out what?

She's illiterate

She can't be

Of course... we should have guessed

It never occurred to me. You don't
expect it these days...

...or being so ashamed

It's still no excuse for blackmail

Sorry, but this means the sack

Yes, we can't just ignore it

One can't read, the other reads
our mail

Melinda has told me everything

I cannot empIoy a blackmailer

I know life's hard...

...and that being illiterate
isn't entirely your fault

I feeI sorry for you in a way,
but blackmail, no...

...that I will not tolerate

You're not watching that

I could just turn you out;
we've no written agreement

But you may keep this room for a week
while you look around

Tomorrow's Thursday; I want you gone
by this time next week

Do you understand?

We can commend your work...

...but will extend no
character references

So don't expect any

If you find you can leave sooner... much the better

Your household duties are, of course,

We're from Catholic Relief

Here to remind you to give what you
can for the cold and hungry poor

It's usually the Abb?

-This time it's us
-The Abb?'s at choir practice

Girls from Catholic Relief

We've put things aside. I'll get them

Someone always comes about now,
you see

Looks like rubbish

We're not the town rubbish-dump

Lend a hand

Past its sell-by date...
poisoning the poor?

Thanks, see you next year

I'll report you

Just don't paIm off your garbage


That'll do for today

So you've got Sunday off?

They've sacked me

The bastards

I knew it


Oh, this junk-heap...
the battery mounting's loose

Tell me about it

First we'll deliver that

It stinks

So you're back

We only brought the better stuff

Put it there

The Abb? wants to see you

It's Jeanne and Sophie

This is a serious matter

I suppose you are doing your best...

...but we can no longer turn
a blind eye to your behaviour

We make allowances...

...since you're volunteers...

...but you taint Catholic Relief's
reputation, and that's unacceptable

We've had complaints...

...and I confess...

...I am amazed

For whatever reason,
you have gone too far

In short, we have no further use
for your services

We're not to do good?

You need help

That's an idea

Farther and farther the ferrets dig

Father, oh Father, who do you frig?

Madame Lantier, that's who

Tell me abount being sacked
and Melinda

Nothing to tell

Tight-lipped, aren't you?

Let's eat at my place

Yes, I'm hungry

If I have anything

Great coffee-maker

You'll find another job easily.
Meantime, you can stay here

It'll be fun. We'll go for your things
later on

Melinda's pregnant

Is there a big stink?

I don't know

How did you find out?

Keep it or not...'s no problem for them

Pity we've no food

Splendid, darling

It was just a ham salad

Splendid, wasn't it?

She made it

You know what I meant

Only ten minutes till it starts.
Let's get going

We'll get stereo in the library

-How do we move that monster?
-It's on castors. I've an aerial lead

-You're staying after all?
-I Iike the opera

-CouId I tape it?
-Sure, give me your mike

There's your computer generation

I hope J?r?mie won't call
in the middle

No, the blessed event isn't that close

I've found the libretto,
bilingual Italian-French

-The CD has one, too
-It's not the same thing

Ready, Mozart

-Tape OK?
-It's on

The bastard took off,
so I'd no one to advise me...

...had I wanted an abortion

I wanted the baby, though

The cops shouId have realized I'd have
done it then if I wanted rid of her

She was so good, never cried...

...even if she was hungry

She was almost four

I came in laden, and felt something
touch my leg

I automatically kicked out,
not knowing what it was

It was winter, so the stove was on

I went into the kitchen
with my shopping

Coming back, I saw her against
the stove...

...her cheek all blistered

Panicked, I ran for my neighbour...

...hoping she'd help, but she
just squalled: ''What have you done?''

She called the police

I was in a corner, out of it

I tried to explain, but the cops
wouldn't believe me

I never knew what the examining
magistrate thought

Maybe nothing

I was sent for trial

The judge was fair

He believed me, I think

He said he thought it was
just a dreadful accident

So they let me go

The Post Office took me back...

...but transferred me here from Rennes
in case of gossip and stuff

What about your Dad?

Oh, that...

Stop here

-Why? We're collecting your things
-I want you to

Still scared of them?

Come on

Some hot chocolate?

Stick 'em up

I see why they like shooting

They've been screwing?

Take that, bitch

They'll know it was us

Don't want any jealousy

The chocolate now?

Let me pour

-Hush, I'm recording

In the intervaI

Now, my lady

No more telephone

-What next?
-I don't know

Let's scare them

How does it work?

Here, I watched him

-You never told me
-I know where the bullets are

-You'll break it
-You're supposed to

What do you think?

What I like is, it's all of a piece;
no one hogging the limelight

Did you hear something?

Probably Sophie sneaking in

-I thought it was glass breaking
-That was in the opera, stereo effect


No, digesting what I've heard

What was that?

I'm sure that postmistress is here

-I'll see
-Let them say good-bye

Won't be long

Put those down and get out,
or I'll call the police

I warned you before

One down

Was that a shot?

No, that girl's old jalopy

This is my favourite bit

-What's Georges up to?
-He's hiding; he's shot the crazies

-Go and see, Gilles, I'm worried
-It's all right, he's throwing them out

Let's go

Do please take a look, Gilles

-Where's my husband?
-He's dead

That's it

A good deed

-I'd better go. Can you cope?
-Yes, I'll set things straight

Then call the police; say you
found them like that

They'll have no proof

I'll take this, it's too tempting

Melinda's present from J?r?mie

She won't need it

I'm off

The car was just standing there,
with no lights on

It was too late to avoid it

It wasn't your fault, Father;
it was just fate

You think that's appropriate?

Do please take a look, Gilles

-Where's my husband?
-He's dead

That's it

A good deed