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In February, 1933, the whole of France was horrified to learn of an unspeakably savage double murder that had taken
place in the town of Le Mans. Two respectable, middle-class women, mother and daughter, had been murdered by their
maids, two sisters who lived in the house. The maids had not simply killed the women, but had gouged their eyes out
with their fingers while they were alive and had then used a hammer and knife to reduce both women to a bloody pulp.
The full force of the attack was directed at the heads and the victims were left literally unrecognizable.
Adding the bizarre to the horrifying, the sisters made no attempt to escape (...) Interesting, no? This naturally added a dimension of scandal and titillation to the case. Were the maids having a sexual relationship? If so, it was both homosexual and incestuous. Overnight, the two sisters, aged 21 and 27, became France's most infamous couples who kill.
This film delves into all the speculation of the case but also has some unexplained parts about the sisters' youth & their obvious mistreatment & abuse.
There are quite a many double entendres & a look into both couples chiefly meaning the two sisters and the mother and daughter Lancelin relationships.Read more ›
The two sisters, powerfully portrayed by Joely Richardson as the elder Christine, and Jodhi May as the younger, Lea, have only one another for the most part. Their mother,seen abandoning Christine at the start of the film, is an enemy to Christine who, once Lea joins her, encourages Lea to break her ties to her mother immediately.Read more ›
Jodhi May and Joely Richardson star as unnaturally close sisters, Leah and Christine. The two work as maids for a sadistic gentlewoman (Julie Davies, Mrs. Weasely in Harry Potter) and her adult daughter that she endlessly oppresses. Through various sisterly activities and excellent acting by both May and Richardson, they are completely believable as sisters. Thus their eventual sexual relationship not only intellectually but emotionally feels incestual, a nuanced feat that the filmmakers effectively pulled off.
But what drives Leah and Christine to become lovers and later criminals? Their despotic employer? Too close of quarters? Pre-existing emotional instability? I believe the answer is all three, and speculation seems warranted since this movie is in fact based on a true story, the sensationalistic crime that shocked (and also entertained) 1930's France... the OJ Simpson case of the time...
The primary reason to see this movie is not for a history lesson though. It is about the drama between the sisters, as their relationship evolves towards progressively extreme heights. And it is for this drama that the film should be seen. What keeps it all afloat is the fantastic acting on display.Read more ›
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This movie which is based on a true story is absolutely superb in every aspect; especially the directing and acting. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Eve
A very artistic rendition to the original story. So this is basses on a true story--and to my understanding they were worse in real life then portrayed in this film. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Yakko
Very engaging film. Jodhi May and Joely Richardson are fantastic!!! Not to mention the rest of the cast.Published 8 months ago by E. Barillas
This is a fantastic movie but not gonna b everyones taste...very contreversal and dark.... Also true story so cant beat it ..Published 10 months ago by Alex Altman
Based on the true story of sisters Christine and Léa Papin in 1933 France, these two French maids reach a breaking point in response to the abusive and slave-like treatment... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
The cinematography and casting of this film is what makes me watch it again and again. It amazes me that four actresses can lead an entire film with only two very very brief... Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Shay
great movie ! loved every min of this movie it's now one if my favorite movie and its on my top ten favorite moviePublished on May 28, 2013 by Nestor
This is a subject rarely touched upon. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending was certainly a grande finale. Great moviePublished on February 16, 2013 by Kindle Customer