A Housekeeper (Une femme de ménage)
A Housekeeper (Une femme de ménage) (2003)

After his wife leaves him for another man, Jacques hires a housekeeper, Laura, to keep his Paris apartment in order. As he starts increasing her hours and spending more time with her on her days off, Jacques is torn between the pleasure of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Nuanced performances and an understated tone make The Housekeeper transcend its familiar premise.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

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.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It's a slight film, well-acted by Bacri and Emilie Dequenne.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

I wouldn't want this Housekeeper around my house, but your mileage may vary.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

None of this is profoundly new, but the delicacy of the telling is well worth the experience.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An acutely observed (and felt) essay on loneliness.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...possesses a shrewd understanding of the way human beings crave and pursue affection.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Like Chabrol reconfigured into a mildly droll midlife-crisis tease.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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...

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
It is similar to the House Sitter, nothing special.
Mark Abell
A sweet bit of fluff. Very entertaining. May not be great movie making, but the characters are fully believable and the story progresses smoothly. Bittersweet… More
alan jay
Nice decent tale of a middle age man meeting and having a relationship with a much younger, very pretty woman. A bit slow in spots, but pretty wistful by… More