Diary of a Chambermaid

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 2015
  • Running time: 96 min
Léa Seydoux follows in the footsteps of Paulette Goddard and Jeanne Moreau as Célestine, a resentful young Parisian chambermaid who finds herself exiled to a position in the provinces where she immediately chafes against the noxious iron rules and... read more
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Léa Seydoux follows in the footsteps of Paulette Goddard and Jeanne Moreau as Célestine, a resentful young Parisian chambermaid who finds herself exiled to a position in the provinces where she immediately chafes against the noxious iron rules and pettiness of her high-handed bourgeois mistress (Clotilde Mollet), must rebuff the groping advances of Monsieur (Hervé Pierre), and reckon with her fascination with the earthy, brooding gardener Joseph (Vincent Lindon). Backtracking past the fetishism of Buñuel's version to Octave Mirbeau's original 1900 novel, Benoît Jacquot has one eye on contemporary France: the sense of social stiflement, Célestine's humiliating submission to Madame's onerous terms of employment, Joseph's virulent anti-Semitism. But the turn-of-the-century setting saw the rise of Freudian ideas about the human unconscious and so Jacquot takes care to look past the characters' outward behavior and appearance to the repression and compulsions that lie behind.

Original Release

02/07/2015

US Release

07/07/2015

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Cast

Léa Seydoux Célestine
Vincent Lindon Joseph
Clotilde Mollet Madame Lanlaire
Hervé Pierre Monsieur Lanlaire
Patrick d'Assumcao Le capitaine
Vincent Lacoste Georges
Mélodie Valemberg Marianne
Joséphine Derenne La grand-mère de Georges
Dominique Reymond La placeuse
Eric Moreau Un croyant à l'église
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Directors

Benoit Jacquot

Writers

Hélène Zimmer, Benoit Jacquot, Octave Mirbeau

Cast

Léa Seydoux Célestine
Vincent Lindon Joseph
Clotilde Mollet Madame Lanlaire
Hervé Pierre Monsieur Lanlaire
Patrick d'Assumcao Le capitaine
Vincent Lacoste Georges
Mélodie Valemberg Marianne
Joséphine Derenne La grand-mère de Georges
Dominique Reymond La placeuse
Eric Moreau Un croyant à l'église
Rosette Rose
Adriana Asti Elvira Parsi, la maquerelle
Aurelia Petit La maîtresse (train)
Alain Eloy Le douanier
Yvette Petit Madame Gouin, la mercière
Maud Wyler La jeune bourgeoise
Hélène Schwaller Femme 3
Édith Le Merdy Femme 5
Michael Aragones Homme à la canne
Nicolas Peduzzi Domestique en livrée

Producers

Editors

Julia Gregory

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