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A Housekeeper (2002)

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Original title: Une femme de ménage

Release Date
• USA: Jul 11, 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 30, 2004
BoxOffice: $0.2M

MPAA Rating
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and brief language.

Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country France

Studio Palm Pictures

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

Plot: Claude Berri (JEAN DE FLORETTE, LUCIE AUBRAC) delivers yet another laudable entry on love and loneliness in UNE FEMME DE MENAGE. The story, written with efficiency and compassion, follows Jacques (Jean-Pierre Bacri), a middle-aged sound producer unable to keep his apartment clean as he struggles to come to terms with his recent divorce. To solve the former, and unintentionally also the latter problem, he responds to an ad for a housekeeper. Laura (Émilie Dequenne), a beautiful girl in her twenties, answers Jacques' call and, needless to say, he hires her upon their first meeting, even despite the noticeable spots of dirt on her face. While a romance between the two appears inevitable, Berri keeps the story fresh by painting the lovers as alternately ambivalent and desirous. Eloquent photography draws the audience further into the narrative, with beatific landscapes of the French countryside, Paris, and the beach, as well as depictions of Jacques and Laura in romantic shadows, golden hour sunlight, and quiet Parisian silhouettes. French Director Catherine Breillat (ROMANCE) appears as Jacques' ex-wife Constance, providing the lighthearted and mostly comedic film with some needed gravity. Her presence suggests loneliness comes not from lack of love but as love's consequences. Even

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 Directed by
Claude Berri
Jean de Florette, Manon of the Spring, Germinal
 Written by
Claude Berri
Jean de Florette, Manon of the Spring, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
Catherine Breillat
Last Tango in Paris, Anatomie de l'enfer, Dracula and Son
Jean-Pierre Bacri
Subway, The Taste of Others, Like an Image
Brigitte Catillon
The Taste of Others, A Heart in Winter, Nightcap
Jacques Frantz
Fanfan la tulipe, Compères, Les, Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose?
Axelle Abbadie
Pédale douce, Quasimodo d'El Paris, Umbrella Coup
Nathalie Boutefeu
Irma Vep, Rien sur Robert
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