Murderous Maids

It wasn't just a crime. It was a crime of passion.

Murderous Maids (2000)


Based on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter. Christine Papin (Sylvie Testud), and Léa Papin (Julie-Marie Parmentier) are sisters with an already troubled past. Madame Lancelin takes them into her home and employs the girls as maids. Christine sees in Madame Lancelin an ideal mother figure — in spite of her severity. But their wretched background — an indifferent mother and drunken abusive father — casts a shadow over the girls and over time their ill-fated situation darkens. The sisters withdraw into themselves and finish by committing the worst — killing Madame Lancelin and her daughter after six years of service, on the 2 February 1933 in Le Mans.

Director: Jean-Pierre Denis

Release Date: 2000-11-22
Status: Released
Run time: 94 min / 1:34
Production Country: France



Julie-Marie Parmentier
Léa Papin
Sylvie Testud
Christine Papin
Isabelle Renauld
François Levantal
le Gazé
Dominique Labourier
madame Lancelin
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann
monsieur Lancelin
Marie Donnio
Geneviève Lancelin
Lily Boulogne


Directing Jean-Pierre Denis Director

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