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Super Reviewer
½ June 5, 2010
Disturbing true-life tale of madness that resulted in the brutal murder of a woman and her daughter by their maids, two sisters. Sylvie Testud plays Christine, the elder sister who harbors an unnatural attraction for the less intelligent, younger Lea (Julie-Marie Parmentier) that develops into obsession. The film develops slowly, at times revealing the anger that lies just below the surface in Christine, and at other times showing how the two girls feed each other's fantasies about how their lives would be under other circumstances. Add in a mother (Isabelle Renaud) who seems to care little about her daughters other than how they can make her life easier. The acting is credible, the script plausible and the action keeps one engrossed, especially that of the two sisters interaction when they are alone in their room. The violence at the end is graphic and brutal, but mercifully off camera for the most part. We see the blows and hear them connect, but the actual impact is just out of the frame. There can be no doubt that Christine has taken leave of her senses by the end of the film, and one feels pity for her for that reason. This is a well-done film, just not a whole lot of fun to watch.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ February 18, 2005
[font=Century Gothic][color=gray]Whenver I'm reviewing a movie, I always make a conscious decision to give away as little as possible while at the same time summarizing the themes of the movie and most importantly telling you whether or not I liked it. "Murderous Maids" does indeed concern 1) maids & 2) murder. The only mystery to viewers unfamiliar with the real life crime is under what circumstances the crime will be committed.[/color][/font]

[color=#808080]"Murderous Maids" starts out with a flashback to a less than idyllic childhood as the Papin sisters are being sent to be raised in a convent.(Much is intimated about the disfunctional Papin family structure but very little is explicitly stated.) Emilia escapes the familial cycle by becoming a nun. Christine(Sylvie Testud) soon follows her mother into domestic service as a maid, even though she does have a problem with holding down a job for very long. Her little sister, Lea(Julie-Marie Parmentier), soon follows and joins Christine on a couple of jobs. Christine rebels against the notion of ever being married. She has always felt that she has had to look out for her younger sister but now the relationship becomes unhealthy when Christine does not only seek to form any outside friendships but also to prevent her sister from doing so, also. And then it gets disturbing...[/color]

[color=#808080]I did like "Murderous Maids", especially with Sylvie Testud anchoring the movie with a great performance as someone constantly on the verge of losing her sanity.(Her similarily great performance in "Fear and Trembling" took some of the same emotions and moved them in a comic direction.) I thought the family history could have been detailed better but the movie succeeds by focusing on the relationship of the two sisters and does not seek to sensationalize or romanticze any of it. I am slightly disappointed that the movie missed a chance at being more of a political statement than it occasionally hinted at.[/color]
August 12, 2010
Two lesbian sister domestics go stir crazy and slay their repressive lesbian employers. Based on an actual case, better than you might think.
July 26, 2012
I just did not find this film interesting. It felt long and tedious, kind of homework as punishment. The plot was uninteresting, simplistic and to slow, so, that you never really make any type of connection with the characters.
I really don't recommend it.
August 12, 2010
Two lesbian sister domestics go stir crazy and slay their repressive lesbian employers. Based on an actual case, better than you might think.
½ June 17, 2013
Jean-Pierre Denis ne fait que compléter des oeuvres comme celle de Jean Genet, et il peut en être fier, puisque l'interprétation dans ce film des soeurs Papin est probablement un, sinon le, plus grand duo d'interprétation qu'il m'ait été donné de voir.
June 17, 2013
Man atsibodo buti XXI a. piliete su supratimu, kuris logiskai pagimdo pateisinima visokioms lezbietems bei gejams. Pirma karta ziurint filma man buvo slyksti antipatija veikejoms. Vietomis jauciau besiverzianti pykti ir neapykanta sesems, kurios yra taipogi ir meiluzes. Ir man visiskai nesvarbu, jog kazkas nutiko baisaus vaikysteje ir visiskai nereiksmingas faktas, kad gyvenimas ir siaip ne rozem klotas. Aciu Dievui pasibaige sitas dvokiantis iskrypimu filmas. Kodel, as tokia sokiruota, negaliu pasakyti, nes ne tokiu grazumu esam visi dar mate, bet cia buvo paskutinis lasas. Preciziskai isdirbta filma su puikiom aktorem sugadino ideja. O beje, tai dar ne viskas. Tai yra TIKRA istorija.
½ June 17, 2013
Baseado em fatos reais. Luta de classes, incesto e homicídio fazem parte do crime mais horrível na França do século 20. O filme conta a história das irmãs Christine e Léa Papin, duas empregadas domésticas que na cidade francesa de Le Mans, em Fevereiro de 1933, praticaram o brutal assassínio da Madame Lancelin e da sua filha Geneviève. Obrigadas a trabalhar desde muito novas, Christine e Léa são contratadas como empregadas domésticas por algumas famílias, até chegarem na Lancelin, onde são bem tratadas. As moças dividem um quarto no sótão e a relação entre a mais velha, a dominadora Christine, e a sua irmã, muito mais nova e menos esperta, Léa, transforma-se num envolvimento com uma forte componente sexual.
June 17, 2013
See also, Sister My Site for an even better dramatization.
June 17, 2013
L'histoire des soeurs Dupin, sociopathes conduites a la folie meurtriere par la pression sociale et economique des annees 30. Derangeant et glauque, malgre une extreme lenteur et des prestations assez moyennes. Cette retranscription d'une affaire criminelle s'avere neanmoins plus interessante que si elle avait ete racontee par Pierre Bellemare...;-)
June 17, 2013
mas del crimen de las papin, (TESTUD grande!)
½ June 17, 2013
Je dois dire que j'ai été un peu déçue. Bien filmé et bien joué [j'ADORE Sylvie Testud..] mais ce film s'avérera complètement incompréhensible pour qui ne connait pas l'affaire Papin de prime à bord, et le scénario est tellement décousu que mê^me^ceux au courant ont du mal à suivre [comme moi]. On met l'emphase sur des détails et le meurtre en lui-même et le rocès sont réduits aux 10 dernières minutes du film, alors que c'est la que se trouve le noeud de l'affaire. Moi, j'aurais commencé par le crime, suivi de ce qui s'est passé avant... on a l'impression qu'il manque l'essentiel et qu'on y a mis du remlissage à la place. Espérons que le livre dont ce film est tiré est mieux. [En passant, c'est un fait réel arrivé en 1933 pour ceux qui ne le savaient pas. Wiki est plus explicite sur ce meurtre que ce film!] :/ ...
June 17, 2013
As irmãs que lutam para não se separar, movidas por uma atração sexual que acontece pela ingenuidade de uma e desejo da outra.
June 17, 2013
I haven't seen this since the theater, but I remember it being all kinds of awesome. It's lurid, but subtle about it.
June 17, 2013
The acting is the sole reason to see this. Sylvie Testud's performance is the best acting I've seen from a female. It's an unnerving true story that will haunt you forever.
June 17, 2013
Ironically funny in many ways, I found this movie amusing.
June 17, 2013
Film qui m'a beaucoup marquée. Histoire horrible.
October 5, 2008
been done but good story
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