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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
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 ...
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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 »

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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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Excellent but unpleasant French period flick
3 October 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Even though "Murderous Maids", as a title, sounds like an American sexploitation B-flick, this film tells the true story of a pair of French sisters who serve as house maids, make incestuous love with each other, and kill their employer. Set in 1930's France, this biographical film spends considerable time developing the characters so when we see their shocking behavior it seems almost understandable. With critical plaudits aplenty, numerous awards, and sterling performances by the pair of leads (Testud & Parmentier), there's little doubt this is a quality film. However, given the unpleasantness of the issues, a somewhat tedious build to the climax, lots of maid stuff, and subtitles for non-French speakers, one should give this film due consideration before committing to the hour and a half watch. Will play best with foreign film buffs and others into serious psychodramas. (B)


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