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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
Plume Meunier .... makeup 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Version of Les abysses (1963)See more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Excellent film about a true crime, 12 April 2005
Author: Jay Kauffman from Haddonfield NJ

Film is based on the infamous Papin case which rocked France in 1933. In the town of Le Mans, Monsieur Lancelin, a retired solicitor, lived with his wife and daughter. Seven years earlier, the family had hired two sisters as maids, the elder Christine and younger Lea. Madame Lancelin was strict and would wear white gloves to check for dust and there was surprisingly little personal interaction between the family and maids. One afternoon Monsieur Lancelein came home to pick up his wife and daughter for a dinner engagement and found the door bolted. After awhile police got in through a back window. They found the bodies of Madame Lancelin and her daughter; heads bludgeoned beyond recognition and legs carved like pieces of French bread. Weapons were a pewter jug, hammer and knife. Unique to this case, was the fact that their eyes had been gouged out while they were alive. The maids were found upstairs and confessed. The younger had twice blown out the house fuse and feared reprisal from the mistress of the house. The maids attacked them both when they arrived home; the younger following what the older did. The case became a cause celebre in France as an example of the cultural chasm between employer and servant. The case was also made into a play The Maids by Genet and another film - Sister My Sister. Interesting that all psychiatric testimony about the pair (incest and an extremely dysfunctional background and family) was dismissed by the small town jury but later resulted in such evidence being admitted into French trials.

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