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Murderous Maids (2000)

Les blessures assassines (original title)
Based on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter.

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Jean-Pierre Denis

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvie Testud ... Christine / Lea's sister
Julie-Marie Parmentier ... Léa / Christine's sister
Isabelle Renauld ... Clémence / Landlady's daughter
Dominique Labourier ... Mme Lancelin / Landlady
François Levantal François Levantal ... Le Gazé
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ... Mr. Lancelin
Tessa Szczeciniarz Tessa Szczeciniarz ... Christine / 11 ans(yo)
Charlotte Guille Charlotte Guille ... Emilia / 13 ans(yo)
Marie Donnio Marie Donnio ... Geneviève Lancelin
Camille Leproust Camille Leproust ... Léa / 9 ans(yo)
Nadia Barentin Nadia Barentin ... La mère supérieure / The superior mother
Lily Boulogne Lily Boulogne ... Alberta
Jean Terensier Jean Terensier ... L'oncle / The uncle
Alain Rimoux Alain Rimoux ... Le maire / The mayor
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul ... Etienne
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Storyline

On February 2nd 1933, in the town of Le Mans, in the West of France, two sisters, Christine Papin, 27, and her younger sister Léa Papin, 21, brutally killed their employer Mrs. Ancelin and her daughter Geneviève. Why did they commit this horrifying murder? As a result of an unhappy childhood? Because they could no longer stand being commanded and exploited by arrogant bourgeois employers? Because their incestuous relationship had been exposed? The film tries to answer these questions and make us understand why and how the two sisters turned from meek sheep to bloody monsters. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 November 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Murderous Maids See more »

Filming Locations:

Le Mans, Sarthe, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,992, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$225,390

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,390
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Visa d'exploitation en France # 96540. See more »

Quotes

Lea: If we were rich...
Christine: What would change? Rich ladies have everything but I've seen them weeping in secret.
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Crime between classes
6 March 2003 | by MikeF-6See all my reviews

This is the story of the Papin sisters - whose tale inspired a play by Jean Genet and several earlier movies. This is probably the most historical of any of the previous attempts at the telling. Christine and Lea are sisters from a working class broken family in France, a family that has always been `in service.' When Christine expresses a desire to go into a convent like her older sister, the mother screams, `You'll slave for others the way I have.' As Christine tries to protect her younger sister from the world, her blank face in the presence of her rich employees does little to hide her growing bitterness and rage. Sylvie Testud as Christine gives one of the best performances to be seen in recent years. This is a drama of individuals, and - a rarity in these times - a clearly political drama about class conflict. See it despite the tabloid title given to its U.S. release.


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