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A Housekeeper (2002)

Une femme de ménage (original title)
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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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At the end of the film, goes for a swim. When she returns to the beach, she is wearing a completely different bathing suit. See more »

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20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has a light plot and lightly written characters: a middle-class neurotic-grumpy-artist falling in love with his young-trashy-placid housemaid. There is a very fine line between lightness and shallowness and that movie can't avoid falling into clichés, especially regarding the world outside the two main characters (like: the ex wife sleeping with the best friend). But the actors Emilie Dequenne and Jean-Pierre Bacri are just so generous towards their characters that they make them real, and utterly lovable. They are captivating and make that little unpretentious movie an enchanting delight.

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