The Housekeeper (2003)



Critic Consensus: Nuanced performances and an understated tone make The Housekeeper transcend its familiar premise.

Movie Info

One of France's most respected filmmakers, Claude Berri here brings viewers the story of Jacques (Jean-Pierre Bacri) a middle-aged sound engineer whose wife has just left him. Living on his own for the first time in years, Jacques decides it's high time to clean up his life, literally and figuratively. In short order he hires Laura (Emilie Dequenne, a bright, vivacious young housekeeper, to bring order to his apartment. Laura's presence makes Jacques realize what has been missing from his life, … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Berri
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 11, 2003
Box Office: $0.2M
Palm Pictures


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Critic Reviews for The Housekeeper

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (25)

Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton make the life of a middle-aged single person look highly desirable. The Housekeeper doesn't deal in such delusions.

Full Review… | December 19, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

None of this is profoundly new, but the delicacy of the telling is well worth the experience.

Full Review… | December 19, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

With their reverse-chemistry, [Bacri and Dequenne are] so good together -- hot and hilarious simultaneously -- that you'd think they'd been a team for ages.

Full Review… | November 7, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's a slight film, well-acted by Bacri and Emilie Dequenne.

September 18, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

An acutely observed (and felt) essay on loneliness.

Full Review… | August 28, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Like Chabrol reconfigured into a mildly droll midlife-crisis tease.

Full Review… | August 15, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Housekeeper

It is similar to the House Sitter, nothing special.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A sweet bit of fluff. Very entertaining. May not be great movie making, but the characters are fully believable and the story progresses smoothly. Bittersweet ending may be a comment on the inevitable breakup of such May-December romances. Solid cast, beautiful scenery, minimal dialogue. Very entertaining, but not designed for thoughtful dissection or introspection. Enjoy this on a warm summers day, or even better, in the depth of winter. Enjoy it for what it is: a real trip to the beach, in more ways than one.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Nice decent tale of a middle age man meeting and having a relationship with a much younger, very pretty woman. A bit slow in spots, but pretty wistful by film's end. Small story told well.

alan jay

Super Reviewer

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