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Murderous Maids (2000)
"Les blessures assassines" (original title)

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Based on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter.

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Isabelle Renauld ...
Clémence
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François Levantal ...
Le Gazé
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...
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Charlotte Guille ...
Emilia Papin (13 ans)
Marie Donnio ...
Geneviève Lancelin
Camille Leproust ...
Nadia Barentin ...
La mère supérieure
Lily Boulogne ...
Alberta
Jean Terensier ...
L'oncle
Alain Rimoux ...
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Etienne
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On February 2nd 1933, in the town of Le Mans, in the West of France, two sisters, Christine Papin, 27, and her younger sister Léa Papin, 21, brutally killed their employer Mrs. Ancelin and her daughter Geneviève. Why did they commit this horrifying murder? As a result of an unhappy childhood? Because they could no longer stand being commanded and exploited by arrogant bourgeois employers? Because their incestuous relationship had been exposed? The film tries to answer these questions and make us understand why and how the two sisters turned from meek sheep to bloody monsters. Written by Guy Bellinger

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$19,992 (USA) (19 April 2002)

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$225,390 (USA) (22 November 2002)
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Visa d'exploitation en France # 96540. See more »

Quotes

Lea: If we were rich...
Christine: What would change? Rich ladies have everything but I've seen them weeping in secret.
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Version of Stuepigerne (1962) See more »

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Sylvie Testud is simply superb
28 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw an English version of this film many years ago with Joely Richardson playing Christine and the ever so cute Jodhi May as Léa. It was on by chance that I happened on the French version Les Blessures Assassines in a Blockbuster store. After watching it, I bought a copy. Though I liked the English version, very much, I was completely swept away by the French movie, and Sylvie Testud.

Testud, who plays Christine Papin in the film, has got to be one of the most stunning women in film today. Not only is she beautiful to look at, her acting is stellar. She takes you inside the mind of Christine Papin, whether it really happened that way or not. Also a great performance from Julie-Marie Parmentier who plays her younger sister Léa Papin.

I was simply riveted. I am now a HUGE fan of Sylvie Testud and having seen Le Château on cable, I have ordered La Captive on DVD.


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