Murderous Maids
Murderous Maids (2002)

Based on the same infamous murders that inspired Jean Genet's play +The Maids, and the earlier film Sister My Sister, this French drama explores the difficult family life, professional pressures, and forbidden bond that in 1933 led… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 19, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A historical account that is equally disturbing and engrossing, with a powerful performance by Sylvie Testud.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Sylvie Testud gives such a ferociously controlled performance that the messy murder seems like a necessary release.

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Lisa Nesselson

Julie-Marie Parmentier and Sylvie Testud are eerily convincing as the intense pair of co-dependents in the rigorous but creepy drama Murderous Maids.


Constructing this story with sensitive slowness, Denis keeps the sensational aspects surrounding these incestuous lesbian sisters in check, letting a fantastic performance from Testud carry the movie.

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

Unfortunately Denis' detached and indifferent camera never gets inside the story, its characters, or its milieu.

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Time Out

Convincingly played, but some way short of revelatory.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The acting is convincingly macabre, with Sylvie Testud giving an absolutely superb delirious performance.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

The film studies a world of deeply entrenched class divisions and sexual taboos, and then, with a scream in the night, draws the study to a close, leaving its meaning, like that of the case that inspired it, open to interpretation.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Though far from a feel-good affair, it is never cheap or cynical. Its creepiness is well-earned.

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Widgett Walls

Good performances and a firm directing hand make this worthwhile despite the distasteful subject matter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
Disturbing true-life tale of madness that resulted in the brutal murder of a woman and her daughter by their maids, two sisters. Sylvie Testud plays Christine,… More
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