Diary of a Chambermaid
Diary of a Chambermaid (2000)

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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eugene Archer
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Remarkably subtle and perceptive straightforward narrative on the rise of French fascism.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Utterly stunning.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Second-tier compared to Buñuel's masterworks, this film is worth seeing because it is his.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Diary of a Chambermaid is a piercing examination of the bourgeoisie and its obsessions. Buñuel shows us the horrifying actions and results with varying amounts of drama and humor like only he could.

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Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

A riveting, if not minor, Bunuelian masterwork.

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

In the end, it's not the chambermaid's sellout that shocks us but the all-absorbing power of the bourgoisie (Bunuel's longtime enemy) against which it seems futile to revolt.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The Diary of a Chambermaid was a crucial turning point in Luis Buñuel's career because it would officially usher in the French period of the director's later years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Matheus Carvalho
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… More
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Stella Dallas
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… More