Léa Seydoux plays 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, must rebuff the groping advances of Monsieur, and reckon with her fascination with the earthy, brooding gardener Joseph. 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 Freud 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. Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the César Awards. "Few films have the power to manipulate, engage, play and discombobulate the audience this well." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Diary of a Chambermaid.
Cohen Film Collection, 2015.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019.
Title from title frames.; Film; In Process Record.
Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon
Originally produced by Cohen Film Collection in 2015.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Jacquot, Benoît, film director.; Seydoux, Léa, actor.; Lindon, Vincent, actor.
Cohen Film Collection (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst