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36 Ratings

The Maids

Directed by Christopher Miles
United States, United Kingdom, 1975
Drama, Crime, LGBT+


A film version of Genet’s play. Two maids, Solange and Claire, hate their employers and, while they are out, take turns at dressing up as Madame and insulting her.

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The Maids Directed by Christopher Miles

Critics reviews

Genet’s masterpiece — which depend upon a confined space, a highly abstracted and internalized intrigue, and a rigorous restriction of the cast to three women — are violated even before they have a proper chance to declare themselves. Worse still, Genet’s precise system of balances and stresses is virtually torn asunder by meaningless distractions — further cutaways to Monsieur and a flashback showing the mailing of the incriminating letter — once the play itself gets under way.
March 01, 1976
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