The Housekeeper
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One of France's most respected filmmakers, Claude Berri here brings viewers the story of Jacques (Jean-Pierre Bacri) a middle-aged sound engineer whose wife has just left him. Living on his own for the first time in years, Jacques decides it's high time to clean up his life, literally and figuratively. In short order he hires Laura (Emilie Dequenne, a bright, vivacious young housekeeper, to bring order to his apartment. Laura's presence makes Jacques realize what has been missing from his life, and as their relationship evolves over the subsequent months, both Jacques and Laura… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton make the life of a middle-aged single person look highly desirable. The Housekeeper doesn't deal in such delusions."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"It's a slight film, well-acted by Bacri and Emilie Dequenne."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"I wouldn't want this Housekeeper around my house, but your mileage may vary."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"...a refreshing alternative to the myriad of overcranked stories churned out by Hollywood."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A lovely film about sadness and mess, both inside and out, and how we are able to make ourselves feel better - temporarily"
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
"None of this is profoundly new, but the delicacy of the telling is well worth the experience."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"An acutely observed (and felt) essay on loneliness."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"...possesses a shrewd understanding of the way human beings crave and pursue affection."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's as if it's being told to you by a distracted middle-aged narrator who's looking at a beautiful college girl out of the corner of his eye."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Both Bacri and Dequenne are surprisingly effective in their performances and manage to sell us on their chemistry."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"With their reverse-chemistry, [Bacri and Dequenne are] so good together -- hot and hilarious simultaneously -- that you'd think they'd been a team for ages."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Like Chabrol reconfigured into a mildly droll midlife-crisis tease."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Dequenne fills the free-spirited role of Laura adequately enough. But there's precious little chemistry or understanding as to why she's attracted to Jacques..."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Sells sex like how ice cream is hawked on a hot July day at the beach."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Bacri and Dequenne fill out their underwritten roles, giving this small, unassuming story a few sparks."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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