Murderous Maids

    All titles (3)
    Feature Film | 1999-2000 | Drama | France

    Main data

    DirectorJean-Pierre Denis
    Written byJean-Pierre Denis, Paulette Houdyer (literary source)
    ProductionARP Sélection [fr]

      Brief synopsis

      “I was twenty when I was entrusted into my Aunt Isabelle’s care.
      I knew right away that it was no place for me. My father was never around. As for my mother, well, we were never close. I clung onto my sisters…” She’s called Christine Papin and is pivotal to what is known as the “Papin Case,” a story as notorious as it is enigmatic.
      One that inspired many writers, including Jean Genet, Jacques Lacan, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Paul Eluard. All were fascinated by this puzzling real-life story of the murder by two sisters, Léa and Christine, of their employer and her daughter in 1930s Le Mans.
      Murderous Maids looks at the bond that united the two sisters from early childhood, delving into how and why such a crime came about. An investigation into the crime. A study of limitless, exclusive and absolute love.


      ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
      Sylvie TestudChristine Papin [L]
      Julie-Marie ParmentierLéa Papin [L]
      Isabelle RenauldClémence [L]
      Dominique LabourierMme Lancelin [SR]
      François LevantalLe Gazé [SR]


      Director of photographyJean-Marc Fabre
      Casting directorJeanne Biras
      Costume designer (creator)Sylvie de Segonzac
      DirectorJean-Pierre Denis
      EditorMarie-Hélène Dozo
      ProducerMichèle Halberstadt
      ProducerMichèle Pétin
      ProducerLaurent Pétin
      Production designerBernard Vezat
      Assistant production designerOlivier Meidingervon Bernard Vezat
      ScreenwriterJean-Pierre Denis
      Literary sourcePaulette Houdyer'L'Affaire Papin'
      Production sound mixerJean-Pierre Duret
      Sound re-recording mixerThomas Gauder

      Production companies

      ARP Sélection [fr]