Diary of a Chambermaid (2015)
"Journal d'une femme de chambre" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  1 April 2015 (France)
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A scheming servant works for a wealthy couple in France during the late 19th century.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clotilde Mollet ...
Madame Lanlaire
Hervé Pierre ...
Monsieur Lanlaire
Mélodie Valemberg ...
Patrick d'Assumçao ...
Le capitaine
Joséphine Derenne ...
La grand-mère de Georges
Dominique Reymond ...
La placeuse
Rosette ...
Elvira Parsi, la maquerelle
Aurélia Petit ...
La maîtresse (train)
Jean-Louis Croquet ...
Le maître (train)
Alain Eloy ...
Le douanier
Yvette Petit ...
Madame Gouin, la mercière


In the early 1900s, in the French provinces. Célestine a beautiful and libertarian young woman, who has been hired as a chambermaid by the Lanlaires, arrives from Paris at the train station. Joseph, her masters' gruff gardener takes her to the house where she is to work. She is "welcomed" by Mr. Lanlaire who immediately starts fondling her. She then meets Mrs. Lanlaire, a very unpleasant woman with a class superiority. All this bodes ill for the future... Written by Guy Bellinger

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an impossible servant in 1900
13 November 2015 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'Journal d'une femme de chambre' (= French for 'a room maid's tale') is situated in the French countryside of around 1900. Its story centers on a room maid who is able to put herself morally above the behavior of her master + mistress. Thus making some statement of dignity and independence.

The film does not show much more than what is common knowledge about the lawless position of domestic servants back then. Being fully dependent on the whims and tastes of their masters, often leading to sexual assault in case of young women.

In fact, I think that female lead Lea Seydoux performs an impossible role, by acting a 1900-servant who is not humble and dependent -- showing her prominent personality all the way down. Given this, Seydoux does well without being brilliant.

The same goes for the rest of the film. It provides good entertainment, but does not give you anything to remember.

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