• France
  • 2000
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • French

More than seventy years on, the case of the Papin sisters, the servants who murdered and mutilated their mistress and her daughter in pre-World War II Le Mans, remains an enigma. Jean-Pierre Denis’s film is the definitive screen version: at once a stunning dramatization of the events leading up to the tragedy, and a compelling interrogation of the class issues that are believed to have contributed to the incident.


Christine PapinSylvie Testud
Léa PapinJulie-Marie Parmentier
Clémence Isabelle Renauld
The veteran François Levanthal
Madame LancelinDominique Labourier
Monsieur LancelinJean-Gabriel Nordmann
Geneviève Lancelin Marie Donnio


DirectorJean-Pierre Denis
ScreenplayJean-Pierre Denis and Michèle Halberstadt
Based on the book L'affaire Papin byPaulette Houdyer
ProducerMichèle Halberstadt and Laurent Pétin
Production managerDaniel Bashieri
CinematographyJean-Marc Fabre
Production designBernard Vezat
SoundJean-Pierre Duret
Costume designSylvie De Segonzac
MakeupFrançoise Chapuis
EditingMarie-Hélène Dozo
MixThomas Gauder

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