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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.

Director:

Jean-Pierre Denis
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

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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Version of Die Zofen (2008) See more »

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Heavy-Handed French melodrama
1 July 2002 | by stinkpussy2000See all my reviews

Sorry, but historical accuracy, t & a and good sub-titles aren't enough. As a true-crime fan, I was intregued by this film's attempt to re-construct the lives of these two women as a way of trying to understand their crimes, but the heavy-handedness of the director combined with the sweaty, gross-out sexuality between the two sisters kind of spoiled it for me (There's a sex-scene combining incest, hairy armpits and crepes that I found utterly appalling). The "bad" characters were too overly bad, the "crazy" ones were overly crazy; by presenting this polarized view of life, the director robbed the film of exactly the ambiguity that made these crimes so shocking and difficult to understand. I do, however, give high marks to the scenes of the crimes themselves--which were effectivly shocking--and to the character of the maid's mother who was a multi-dimensional, interesting and surprising character.


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