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Diary of a Chambermaid
7.8
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2,154 Ratings

DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID

Le journal d'une femme de chambre

Directed by Luis Buñuel
France, Italy, 1964
Drama, Crime, Comedy

Synopsis

Celestine is a chambermaid who slowly lays bare the toxic underbelly of a fading aristocratic family. She humors the lady of the manor in her ministrations over staff and house; the lady’s dold father in his predations of animal and maidservant; and the estate’s gardener in his fascist enthusiasms.

Synopsis

Celestine is a chambermaid who slowly lays bare the toxic underbelly of a fading aristocratic family. She humors the lady of the manor in her ministrations over staff and house; the lady’s dold father in his predations of animal and maidservant; and the estate’s gardener in his fascist enthusiasms.

Our take

In Luis Buñuel’s attack on provincial French values, Jeanne Moreau’s pitch-perfect performance exudes a mock-obedience and petulant sensuality, deliciously unmasking bourgeois hypocrisy. Keep your eyes peeled for a droll cameo from scriptwriter Jean-Claude Carrière as a flustered country priest!