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Release Date:
13 November 2002 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
After his wife leaves him for another man, Jacques hires a housekeeper, Laura, to keep his Paris apartment in order... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Jacques

Émilie Dequenne ... Laura (as Emilie Dequenne)
Brigitte Catillon ... Claire
Jacques Frantz ... Ralph
Axelle Abbadie ... Hélène

Catherine Breillat ... Constance
Apollinaire Louis-Philippe Dogue ... Ernest, le barman
Amalric Gérard ... Julien
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 (also as Rene Urtreger) (as H.U.M.)
Pierre Michelot ... Musicien (as H.U.M.)

Directed by
Claude Berri 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Berri 
Christian Oster  book

Produced by
Claude Berri .... producer
Pierre Grunstein .... executive producer
Nathalie Rheims .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Frédéric Botton 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier 
 
Film Editing by
François Gédigier 
 
Casting by
Gérard Moulévrier 
 
Production Design by
Hoang Thanh At 
 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
 
Production Management
François-Xavier Bazin .... unit manager
Aimeric Bonello .... unit manager
Nicole Firn .... production manager
Olivier Lagny .... unit production manager
Jerome Pinot .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Judith Havas .... third assistant director
Thierry Mauvoisin .... first assistant director
Emmanuel Murat .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Stéphanie Bertrand .... assistant art director
Philippe Boulenouar .... construction manager
Frédéric Jourdan .... carpenter
Laure Lepelley-Monbillard .... set dresser
Yvon Moreno .... property master
Jochen Rohrig .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Vincent Goujon .... boom operator
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Nadine Muse .... sound
Laurent Poirier .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
François Berroir .... gaffer
Bernard Brégier .... key grip
Xavier Cholet .... electrician
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Etienne George .... still photographer
Eric Gies .... electrician
Jean-François Grancher .... best boy rigger
Tom Mitaux .... electrician
Ludovic Petit .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Laurent Soulet .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maïra Ramedhan Levi .... costumes (as Maira Ramedhan Lévy)
 
Editorial Department
Gwenola Heaulme .... assistant editor
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Lucile Sautarel .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Christian Chevalier .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Sylvie Coen .... legal counsel
Claude Fenioux .... chief financial officer
Hélène Sébillotte .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Une femme de ménage" - France (original title)
"The Housekeeper" - USA (review title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and brief language
Runtime:
91 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | France:U | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R
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Goofs:
Continuity: 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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My 401st Review: Neither Modal Nor Major: an interesting premise, that delivers little, 18 April 2011
Author: intelearts from the big screen

A broken-down man, Jean-Pierre Bacri, is a man in a mess, both figuratively and literally. His constant hangdog expression and the state of chaos needs help.

He advertises for a cleaner and Émile Duchenne turns up. The cleaner is young and naif, the older man is world-weary.

Claude Berri chooses to direct Une Femme De Ménage as a very small piece and from decidedly reactionary suppositions. I dislike the notion here that the male is booth the provider and wiser, and that women need men to be complete. It may be what the film is about, but it is almost 1950s-sexism and I, for one, couldn't really get past it.

All in all, while I got the text and the subtext here, and it does against its the normal conventions of romantic comedies very well, it doesn't quite get as beyond as it aims might suggest.

For this viewer the ennui was good but the apparent lack of commitment, followed by the transformation, followed by a good denouement never quite gels - there is something here that irritates rather than intrigues. It wants to improvise but feels still very scripted - it can't quite make the leap. What we get at the end is a film about life as solipistic unsatisfaction disguised as a romantic comedy, which is a nice idea, but the film never quite carries the strenght of its own convicitonss.

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