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Murderous Maids

Murderous Maids

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Denis

Produced by ARP Sélection

Release in France : 22/11/2000


    “I was twenty when I was entrusted into my Aunt Isabelle’s care.
    I knew right away that it was no place for me. My father was never around. As for my mother, well, we were never close. I clung onto my sisters…” She’s called Christine Papin and is pivotal to what is known as the “Papin Case,” a story as notorious as it is enigmatic.
    One that inspired many writers, including Jean Genet, Jacques Lacan, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Paul Eluard. All were fascinated by this puzzling real-life story of the murder by two sisters, Léa and Christine, of their employer and her daughter in 1930s Le Mans.
    Murderous Maids looks at the bond that united the two sisters from early childhood, delving into how and why such a crime came about. An investigation into the crime. A study of limitless, exclusive and absolute love.

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    ARP Sélection

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    ARP Sélection

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    Photos (2)

    Full credits (18)

    Executive Producers :

    Laurent Pétin, Michèle Halberstadt

    Screenwriters :

    Michèle Halberstadt, Jean-Pierre Denis

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Pierre Duret

    Production Manager :

    Daniel Baschieri

    Editor :

    Marie-Hélène Dozo

    Continuity supervisor :

    Zoé Zurstrassen

    Music Composer :

    Jeanne Biras

    Costume designers :

    Sylvie de Segonzac, Isabelle Boiton

    Still Photographer :

    Jérôme Prebois

    Adaptation :

    Jean-Pierre Denis, Michèle Halberstadt

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marc Fabre

    Assistant Operators :

    Laurent Hincelin, Marion Rey

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Matilde Incerti

    Sound editors :

    Julie Brenta, Benoît De Clerck

    Production Designer :

    Bernard Vezat

    Casting :

    Jeanne Biras

    Sound Mixer :

    Thomas Gauder

    Location Manager :

    Laurent Lesieur

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Murder, News story

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 34 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    News (3)

    Festival Selections (6)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2001

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2001)

    Selection (4)

    Most Promising Actress : Julie-Marie Parmentier

    Most Promising Actress : Sylvie Testud

    Best Film

    Best Director : Jean-Pierre Denis

    Awards (2)

    Mar Del Plata International Film Festival - 2001

    Mar Del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina, 2001)

    Awards (2)

    Silver Ombù for Best Director : Jean-Pierre Denis

    Silver Ombù for Best Actress : Julie-Marie Parmentier

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2001

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2001)


    César Award for Most Promising Actress : Sylvie Testud

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