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A Housekeeper (2002)
"Une femme de ménage" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  13 November 2002 (France)
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After his wife leaves him for another man, Jacques hires a housekeeper, Laura, to keep his Paris apartment in order. As he starts increasing her hours and spending more time with her on her... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura (as Emilie Dequenne)
Brigitte Catillon ...
Jacques Frantz ...
Axelle Abbadie ...
Apollinaire Louis-Philippe Dogue ...
Ernest, le barman
Amalric Gérard ...
Laurence Colussi ...
La femme à la terrasse
Djura ...
La chanteuse
Nathalie Boutefeu ...
La jeune fille au concert
Xavier Maly ...
Assistant de Jacques
Abel Nahmias ...
Le voisin
Daniel Humair ...
Musicien (as H.U.M.)
Emilhenco ...
Musicien (as H.U.M.) (as Rene Urtreger)


After his wife leaves him for another man, Jacques hires a housekeeper, Laura, to keep his Paris apartment in order. As he starts increasing her hours and spending more time with her on her days off, Jacques is torn between the pleasure of Laura's company, and the headache that such an intrusion brings to his new domain of singlehood. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and brief language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 November 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Housekeeper  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,511,182 (France) (15 November 2002)


$455,026 (USA) (7 November 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Filling the gaps, The Housekeeper tempts the spectator while cheats on him.
29 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best thing coming from this Berri film is that plausibility and prediction conspire to improve a weak plot. The spectator, however, gets the surprise of his life when, in a sudden twist, the film reveals he has been watching the wrong movie. Give the kudos to the actors: sexily believable and deceitfully ordinary. Jacques and Laura, the main characters in this autumn-spring old line plot, early show their true self. She, young and beautiful, knows he is in a middle of a sentimental crisis. He, mature and confused, is never deceived by her egotist intentions. A sexual relationship is sure to occur, and so it does. But, it comes as a strange mix of feelings and desires, that the film never gets it clear. That's the relevance of this story: life cannot be deconstructed and explained in terms of art. Just the mirror, as the good Stendhal knew almost two centuries ago. Une femme de menage (more explicative than the English title) is a quiet thought on the passing of chances and the options we make; and a lecture on the futility of adapting our expectations to a self-deceitful sense of self-importance.

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