Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) Reviews

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January 6, 2021
...it all unfolds against a lush and stunning backdrop.
April 5, 2019
No actress is more primed to seethe fire than Seydoux, but she's largely double-crossed by Jacquot's jittery self-indulgence.
February 14, 2018
It would be easy to turn Clestine into a heroine whom everyone could admire and easily identify with. [Director Benot] Jacquot is after something more complicated
January 1, 2017
It's one of the bitterest dramas of Seydoux's less-than-saccharine career.
June 29, 2016
Diary of a Chambermaid would make a decent first act to a television miniseries. As a film, it ends in an unfortunate whimper.
June 24, 2016
A bracingly nasty piece of work, contrasting brutishness at the bottom and condescension from the top.
June 15, 2016
Jacquot expertly combines the mores of the 1900 novel and the mid-20th Century films with today's world and the result is a thought-provoking film that leaves the viewer contemplating what they have just seen. Seydoux is outstanding.
June 15, 2016
Jacquot makes a persuasive case for a return to the story, with a scowling, watchful Lea Seydoux in the role of a scheming chambermaid.
June 15, 2016
Worth seeing as another entry in the rise of La Seydoux, a star of Gallic charisma if ever I've seen one.
June 10, 2016
For a film that's ostensibly about passion, it feels particularly stunted.
June 10, 2016
The immediate effect Jacquot achieves, with quiet droll and some considerable dread, is bracing.
June 9, 2016
Unfolding elliptically, the new film can feel abrupt and unsatisfying, but it's filled with sharp commentary on class and servitude, and [Seydoux] delivers another extraordinary performance.
June 9, 2016
Rather than gain speed and power in its final act, as Joseph's design comes into play, the movie stalls.
June 9, 2016
Has serious narrative glitches and a shaky timeline, but at least it is true to the bitterly misanthropic spirit of Octave Mirbeau's 1900 novel about masters and servants.
June 9, 2016
[It's] engaging and visually stylish but loses momentum towards its end.
June 9, 2016
Buuel's wit may be absent, but Seydoux's emotional fireworks are compensatory.
June 9, 2016
It touches on the novel's pessimism, decadence, and politics only in brief, fervid moments.
June 8, 2016
Jacquot and Helene Zimmer's loose adaptation of the novel acidly critiques the social rigidities of turn-of-the-century Europe, but actually mollifies the acrid irony of Mirbeau's own conclusion.
June 8, 2016
It is well acted and confidently performed.
June 8, 2016
Starts off promisingly with its various jibes at upper-class hypocrisy, before fizzling out in a third act that lacks the necessary emotional flair.
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