Murderous Maids (2002)
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Critic Reviews for Murderous Maids
Sylvie Testud gives such a ferociously controlled performance that the messy murder seems like a necessary release.
Unfortunately Denis' detached and indifferent camera never gets inside the story, its characters, or its milieu.
The film studies a world of deeply entrenched class divisions and sexual taboos, and then, with a scream in the night, draws the study to a close, leaving its meaning, like that of the case that inspired it, open to interpretation.
Julie-Marie Parmentier and Sylvie Testud are eerily convincing as the intense pair of co-dependents in the rigorous but creepy drama Murderous Maids.
Audience Reviews for Murderous Maids
Two lesbian sister domestics go stir crazy and slay their repressive lesbian employers. Based on an actual case, better than you might think.
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.
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.
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