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22 November 2000 (France) See more »
Based on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sylvie Testud ... Christine Papin

Julie-Marie Parmentier ... Léa Papin
Isabelle Renauld ... Clémence
Dominique Labourier ... Mme Lancelin
François Levantal ... Le Gazé
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ... Mr. Lancelin
Tessa Szczeciniarz ... Christine Papin (11 ans)
Charlotte Guille ... Emilia Papin (13 ans)
Marie Donnio ... Geneviève Lancelin
Camille Leproust ... Léa Papin (9 ans)
Nadia Barentin ... La mère supérieure
Lily Boulogne ... Alberta
Jean Terensier ... L'oncle
Alain Rimoux ... Le maire

Michaël Abiteboul ... Etienne
Brigitte Antonicelli ... La surveillante
Didier Bardoux ... Le rabatteur
Séverine Batier ... Soeur Marguerite
Noëlle Cazenave ... Hélène
Blanche Raynal ... Madame 4
Valérie Deronzier ... La cousine
Pascal Dujour ... Monsieur 3
Monique Hervouet ... Madame 1
Celine Ollivier ... Madame 3
Maryse Pauleau ... Invitée Lancelin
Charlotte Pétin ... Pensionnaire
Cécile Schletzer ... Invitée Lancelin
Michel Vivier ... Monsieur 1
Marie Augereau ... La codétenue
Joël Cordier ... Monsieur 4
Flavie Jousse ... Léa (5 ans)
Jean-Paul Dubois ... Passant secours
Marie-Laure Ducos ... Tante Isabelle

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Denis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Pierre Denis 
Paulette Houdyer  novel "L'affaire Papin"
Michèle Pétin 

Produced by
Laurent Pétin .... producer
Michèle Pétin .... producer
Cinematography by
Jean-Marc Fabre 
Film Editing by
Marie-Hélène Dozo 
Casting by
Jeanne Biras 
Production Design by
Bernard Vézat 
Costume Design by
Isabelle Boiton 
Sylvie de Segonzac 
Makeup Department
Françoise Chapuis-Asselin .... key makeup artist (as Françoise Chapuis)
Agathe Dupuis .... key hair stylist
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special makeup effects artist
Benoît Lestang .... special makeup effects artist
Claire Monatte .... makeup artist
Gilles Rossire .... special makeup effects artist
Frédéric Zaid .... hair stylist
Production Management
Daniel Baschieri .... production manager
Laurent Lesieur .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marianne Capian .... second assistant director
Juliette Denis .... trainee assistant director
Laurent Herbiet .... first assistant director: preproduction
David Maria Putorti .... first assistant director
Art Department
Philippe Boucherot .... construction buyer
Stéphane Cressend .... property master
Laurent Jarriau .... property master
Virginie Le Metayer .... set dresser
Olivier Meidinger .... assistant art director
Olivier Schmidt .... trainee painter
Raymond Schmidt .... key painter
Bertrand Terreyre .... carpenter
Sound Department
Julie Brenta .... sound editor (as Julie Cuvelier-Brenta)
Benoit De Clerck .... sound editor
Fred Demolder .... sound assist
Philippe Demolder .... assistant sound editor
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Thomas Gauder .... sound mixer
Dimitri Haulet .... assistant sound
Philippe Richard .... sound
Olivier Roche .... sound mix technician
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy-Auguste Boléat .... key grip
Claude Bourdais .... grip
Sophie Cadet .... crane operator: Louma crane
Laurent Duquesnoy .... grip
Steven Gruen .... Steadicam operator (as Steve Gruen)
Laurent Hincelin .... assistant camera
Nicolas Le Gal .... assistant camera
Eric Le Roux .... Steadicam operator (as Eric Leroux)
Jérôme Prébois .... still photographer
Marion Rey .... assistant camera
Paulo Rodriguez .... crane technician: Louma crane
Christian Weyers .... electrician
Christian Weyers .... gaffer
Casting Department
Annie Hamelin .... extras casting
Luce Nordmann .... casting assistant
Karine Walker .... casting: bit parts
Editorial Department
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Rachel Lamisse .... assistant editor
Music Department
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
Other crew
Claire de la Rochefoucauld .... location scout
Danielle Dumanoir .... production coordinator
Pascal Graziani .... assistant crane operator: Louma crane
Audrey Jannin .... location scout
Philippe Lévy .... production accountant
Catherine Zoummeroff .... production assistant
Zoe Zurstrassen .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les blessures assassines" - France (original title)
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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | France:-12 | Singapore:(Banned) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud)
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There is no music whatsoever in the film.See more »
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.See more »
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Version of Jungfruleken (1966) (TV)See more »


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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Words can't really explain the range the depth of this film, 19 November 2003
Author: (westpenn49) from United States

Let us be very clear from the beginning, the person who came up with Murderous Maids could not have seen or understood the film. The Injured Assassins, or Injured Killers (assassins just sounds better to me) is much more evocative of the feel and content of the story. For this is not the story of a murder, but the story of two sisters who happen into murder.

First, Sylvie Testud is superb, restrained yet full of emotion, humble but full of pride, cold but full of love.

Many people have commented on the class warfare. The Jean Genet play takes that to an extreme. Some have been pulled in by the story of incest and illicit love between sisters. Denis walks deftly across these problems and presents a story that unfolds itself authentically and truly.

The mother in this movie did give me problems, she seems nicer than her effect on the girls, but remember who it is that puts them in the convent, and how she hides the secret of the oldest sister's pain using it only as a weapon to inflict damage upon Christine (Testud).

As the film came to the climax I briefly thought of Chabrol's Le Ceremonie, but that is another story, another film. Though depressing and slow, but not a second too long, this is a seriously important film for those who value the intensity with which cinema can bring the truth to light.

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