Lea Seydoux follows in the footsteps of Paulette Goddard and Jeanne Moreau as Celestine, 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 (Clotilde Mollet), must rebuff the groping advances of Monsieur (Herve Pierre), and reckon with her fascination with the earthy, brooding gardener Joseph (Vincent Lindon). Backtracking past the fetishism of Bunuel's version to Octave Mirbeau's original 1900 novel, Benot Jacquot has one eye on contemporary France: the sense of social stiflement, Celestine'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.

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Cast & Crew

  • Vincent Lindon

    Vincent LindonActor

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    Lea SeydouxActor

  • Vincent Lacoste

    Vincent LacosteActor

  • Clotilde Mollet

    Clotilde MolletActor

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    Benoit JacquotDirector

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    Kristina LarsenProducer

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