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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
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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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22 November 2000 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$225,390 (USA) (22 November 2002)
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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 Die Zofen (1964) See more »

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Crimes of passions not psychopathic killing
20 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found out this movie from one review of La Cérémonie. I think the difference between these two is this one is crimes of passions and the other is psychopathic killing.

Christine was apparently madly depressed and also having anxiety disorders. She basically shut herself off from the outside world. Her childhood traumas very much caused her adult mental stages. By reading the facts, she suffered paranoid schizophrenia most likely starting at that period of time. I would wonder whether the director followed the psychological researches of this case or not. The incestuous lesbian relationship explained the cause well since the social class uprising warfare had little bearings of it.

It is a well scripted and logically unfolding. All the leading roles were crafted convincingly. This is not a movie for entertaining but you would hardly forget.


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