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Film / The Maids

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"When slaves love each other, it's not love"

The Maids is a 1975 British drama film directed by Christopher Miles, based on an absurdist play of the same title by Jean Genet, which in turn is very loosely based on the case of infamous Papin sisters.

It revolves around the sado-masochistic hate-love relationship of Solange (Glenda Jackson) and Claire (Susannah York), two Psycho Lesbian sisters serving as maids. When their mistress is away, they take turns putting on her clothing and impersonating her while the other still plays a maid in a ritualistic game. Slowly, the urge to kill their beloved and hated mistress becomes stronger and stronger, and their deranged minds weaker and weaker...


This film provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: The mistress cannot be bothered to remember which is Claire and which is Solange.
  • No Name Given: The maids' mistress is identified only as "Madame".
  • Perfect Poison: Death by sleeping pills overdose is not so peaceful really.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: The mistress trusts her maids (who frame her lover and plot to poison her) so much that even they themselves feel ashamed.