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Murderous Maids (2000)

Les blessures assassines (original title)
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
Dominique Labourier ...
François Levantal ...
Le Gazé
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...
Tessa Szczeciniarz ...
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 ...
Le maire
Michaël Abiteboul ...
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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22 November 2000 (France)  »

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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 »

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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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Version of Sister My Sister (1994) See more »

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Heavy-Handed French melodrama
1 July 2002 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Sorry, but historical accuracy, t & a and good sub-titles aren't enough. As a true-crime fan, I was intregued by this film's attempt to re-construct the lives of these two women as a way of trying to understand their crimes, but the heavy-handedness of the director combined with the sweaty, gross-out sexuality between the two sisters kind of spoiled it for me (There's a sex-scene combining incest, hairy armpits and crepes that I found utterly appalling). The "bad" characters were too overly bad, the "crazy" ones were overly crazy; by presenting this polarized view of life, the director robbed the film of exactly the ambiguity that made these crimes so shocking and difficult to understand. I do, however, give high marks to the scenes of the crimes themselves--which were effectivly shocking--and to the character of the maid's mother who was a multi-dimensional, interesting and surprising character.


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