Murderous Maids

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Released 2000

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Murderous Maids

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Director:
Jean-Pierre Denis
Released:
2000
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Murderous Maids was a film released in 2000 that was based on the infamous true story of the French Papin sisters, Christine and Lea, who brutally killed their employer and her daughter in 1933. Christine is overly protective of her younger sister Lea, and does her best to protect her from their abusive drunken father and indifferent mean mother. They eventually leave their hideous parents and fine work as maids under the help of the severe Madame Lancelin who takes them into her very house. However Christine and Lea's close connection warps and the two of them become involved in a disturbing incestuous relationship. As their mental states detiorate the two fear reprisal from Madame Lancelin for minor mistakes on their behalf over the course of their six years of employment. Instead of waiting for this Christine and Lea decide to viciously murder Madame Lancelin, as well as her young daughter Genevi've.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Denis and Testud, in a wondrous collaboration of a gifted director and equally gifted actress, succeed in making Christine a tragic figure.

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Ms. Testud's performance, which earned her a César, the French Oscar, for most promising actress, is the source of the movie's lingering, troubling power.

  • 70

    Variety

    Rigorous but creepy drama.

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