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Release Date: July 11, 2003

Starring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Emilie Dequenne, Brigitte Catillon, and Jacques Frantz

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder THE HOUSEKEEPER is a
French character study about a
middle-aged recording
engineer, Jacques, whose wife
left him for another man.
Jacques gets fed up with his
dirty apartment, so he hires a
young woman, Laura, to be his
housekeeper. When Laura’s
boyfriend kicks her out,
Jacques lets her stay at his
place for a few days until she
finds something else. Soon,
however, Laura offers herself
to Jacques, and Jacques
accepts her offer. They
establish a romantic
relationship where Jacques
slowly succumbs to Laura’s
demands for a stronger
commitment – short of
marriage, of course. Their
growing relationship is
interrupted, however, when
Jacques wife, Constance, tells
him that she wants him back.
Jacques and Laura decide to
escape for a vacation to his
friend’s place in Brittany
on the coast. Laura pushes
Jacques into an even closer
bond with her, but when he
agrees, she suddenly cuckolds
him again, leaving him
shell-shocked. In THE
HOUSEKEEPER, writer and
director Claude Berri takes a
close-up view of the subtle
stages of a contemporary
romantic relationship in
France. It’s a May-September
romance, however, that gives
the movie a fair amount of
originality. Ultimately,
although the movie shows the
shallowness of such a
relationship, especially one
that breaks God’s sexual
laws, the story and characters
probably are not worth the
time it takes to learn
that. The ending to THE
HOUSEKEEPER is full of irony.
Jacques seems stunned and
surprised to realize that,
eventually, he cared more
about their relationship than
Laura really did, despite her
youthful protestations of
love. He also seems stunned
and surprised to realize that
his first inkling about their
affair, that it would go
nowhere because of their age
difference, was correct after
all. In the final analysis,
the ending shows viewers that
feelings of loneliness should
not be assuaged by jumping
into bed with the first
available person who comes
along in your life. Please
address your comments
to: Chris Blackwell Palm
Pictures 8409 Santa Monica
Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
90069 Phone: (323)
802-0101 Fax: (323)
802-0123 Website:
www.palmpictures.com

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 88 minutes

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(H, B, L, SS, NN, A, D, M) Ironic humanist worldview with some possible moral lessons within it; six obscenities; no violence; nude couple embraces passionately in bed and implied fornication; brief upper female nudity, upper male nudity, female cleavage, and women in bikinis; alcohol use; smoking; and, betrayal, cheating and middle-aged man accepts sexual advances of young woman.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

THE HOUSEKEEPER is a French character study about a middle-aged recording engineer, who gets involved with his new, much younger, housekeeper, after his wife leaves him for another man. Although the movie shows the shallowness of such a relationship, especially one that breaks God’s sexual laws, the story and characters probably are not worth the time it takes to learn that.

Review:

THE HOUSEKEEPER is a French character study about a middle-aged recording engineer, Jacques, whose wife left him for another man. Jacques gets fed up with his dirty apartment, so he hires a young woman, Laura, to be his housekeeper. When Laura’s boyfriend kicks her out, Jacques lets her stay at his place for a few days until she finds something else. Soon, however, Laura offers herself to Jacques, and Jacques accepts her offer. They establish a romantic relationship where Jacques slowly succumbs to Laura’s demands for a stronger commitment – short of marriage, of course.

Their growing relationship is interrupted, however, when Jacques wife, Constance, tells him that she wants him back. Jacques and Laura decide to escape for a vacation to his friend’s place in Brittany on the coast. Laura pushes Jacques into an even closer bond with her, but when he agrees, she suddenly cuckolds him again, leaving him shell-shocked.

In THE HOUSEKEEPER, writer and director Claude Berri takes a close-up view of the subtle stages of a contemporary romantic relationship in France. It’s a May-September romance, however, that gives the movie a fair amount of originality. Ultimately, although the movie shows the shallowness of such a relationship, especially one that breaks God’s sexual laws, the story and characters probably are not worth the time it takes to learn that.

The ending to THE HOUSEKEEPER is full of irony. Jacques seems stunned and surprised to realize that, eventually, he cared more about their relationship than Laura really did, despite her youthful protestations of love. He also seems stunned and surprised to realize that his first inkling about their affair, that it would go nowhere because of their age difference, was correct after all. In the final analysis, the ending shows viewers that feelings of loneliness should not be assuaged by jumping into bed with the first available person who comes along in your life.

Please address your comments to:

Chris Blackwell

Palm Pictures

8409 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90069

Phone: (323) 802-0101

Fax: (323) 802-0123

Website: www.palmpictures.com

SUMMARY: THE HOUSEKEEPER is a French character study about a middle-aged recording engineer, who gets involved with his new, much younger, housekeeper, after his wife leaves him for another man. Although the movie shows the shallowness of such a relationship, especially one that breaks God’s sexual laws, the story and characters probably are not worth the time it takes to learn that.

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