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Une femme de ménage (2002)

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 »

Director:

Claude Berri

Writers:

Claude Berri, Christian Oster (book)

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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 November 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Housekeeper See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,083, 13 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$455,026, 9 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

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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Mid-Life Crisis in Music and Bed
2 August 2003 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Housekeeper (Une femme de ménage)" is a wry commentary on mid-life relationships that teeters on being male fantasy wish fulfillment.

Writer/director Claude Berri uses visual and musical metaphors to show differences between characters, building on the central character's work as a sound engineer recording classical music and jazz.

Jean-Pierre Bacri recalls the mid-life crisis role he wrote for himself in "The Taste of Others." We are very slowly introduced to his stuck in the mud life and the cause for it, and then slowly see him come back to life to deal with his feelings.

Amusing touch that the titular nubile nymphet eschews modern conveniences in cleaning while listening to pounding hip-hop dance music. Her taste in music and manipulative need for a rent-free apartment is about all that's realistic about her.

Would a Hollywood version let everybody finally act their ages?


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