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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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Christine: [to her sister Lea on her first of work] And always speak to them in third person. Aunt Isabelle said a master is three people. the one he is, the one others think he is and the one he believes he is. Always address the last one.
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Crime between classes
6 March 2003 | by (Trinidad, CO) – See all my reviews

This is the story of the Papin sisters - whose tale inspired a play by Jean Genet and several earlier movies. This is probably the most historical of any of the previous attempts at the telling. Christine and Lea are sisters from a working class broken family in France, a family that has always been `in service.' When Christine expresses a desire to go into a convent like her older sister, the mother screams, `You'll slave for others the way I have.' As Christine tries to protect her younger sister from the world, her blank face in the presence of her rich employees does little to hide her growing bitterness and rage. Sylvie Testud as Christine gives one of the best performances to be seen in recent years. This is a drama of individuals, and - a rarity in these times - a clearly political drama about class conflict. See it despite the tabloid title given to its U.S. release.


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