Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)

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Based on the 1900 novel by Octave Mirbeau, 'Diary of a Chambermaid' tells the story of an alluring chambermaid who enters the service of an eccentric family in rural France.

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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)

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  • Less fantastical than much of Luis Bunuel's work, this 1964 adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel demonstrates that realism and surrealism aren't the polar opposites some might think.

    Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, the intervening decades seem to have weakened Mr. Bunuel's powers. His new adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's Diary of a Chambermaid suffers in comparison with the strange but memorable version Jean Renoir did with Paulette Goddard in 1946.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • ...just when it seems to settle in as a black comedy, the movie turns grisly.

    Jan 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Second-tier compared to Buñuel's masterworks, this film is worth seeing because it is his.

    Apr 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A wonderfully vulgar film from the masterful Spanish director Luis Bunuel, Diary of a Chambermaid is an adaptation in spirit of Octave Mirbeau's novel and Jean Renoir's 1946 film.

    Aug 31, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Remarkably subtle and perceptive straightforward narrative on the rise of French fascism.

    Jul 27, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)

  • Oct 24, 2011
    This is another Buñuelian study on the rotten core of the bourgeois, but the fact that it comes disguised as a sort of household drama makes one have to look harder to see into his agenda. The always fascinating Jeanne Moreau and the glossy widescreen cinematography make it stand out among the director's other films, but I frankly prefer when he's having fun with his sardonic and sinister view of the world.
    Matheus C Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2010
    fairly conventional and far from buñuel's best; it's a serviceable study of the foibles of the bourgeois and hypocrisy of small town life. moreau is always watchable. i'm interested to see renoir's version with paulette goddard
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2008
    Buñuel explores the Fascism of 1939 yet again with a satirical eye, but without any neorealist or surrealist tone. The result may be unexpected and even unsettling for strong Buñuel fans, and it is indeed far from his strongest projects. Nevertheless, Moreau is a complete blast! Try to find a more admirable female characterization in a drama of the same genre and treatment, and you''ll be in for a treat. 85/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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