Directed by Christopher Miles
Directed by Christopher Miles
Jean Genet, one of the most celebrated creative minds of the 20th century, receives an unbridled, expertly cinematic rendering in this long unseen film based on his perverse play. The Maids' volatile mixture of class confrontation, Freudian passion and criminal mischief frames an acid-etched portrait of two sisters whose hatred and desire twist their tortured lives together into a relentless downward spiral of guilt, degradation, and freedom at any cost.
Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class) and Susannah York (A Man For All Seasons) play Solange and Claire, Paris maids who tend to cruel socialite Madame's (Vivien Merchant) unending domestic needs. Whenever Madame is away, the sisters obsessively act out a complex role-playing psychodrama of domination and control that feeds their powerful lust for revenge upon the haughty, disdainful mistress they serve. But after falsely denouncing Madame's lover to the police, Solange and Claire's shared terror of arrest and the unchecked aggression with which they increasingly infuse their "ceremony" threaten to destroy them even as they perch on the threshold of ecstatic release.
Director Christopher Miles (A Time For Loving) and legendary cinematographer Douglas Slocombe (Julia, Raiders of the Lost Ark) focus Genet's heady theatricallity into a riveting and dynamic cinematic experience. In a world where the lines are drawn between mistress, servant, confession, accusation, degradation, redemption, murder, and suicide become as fragile as French lace, the fatal truth remains that, "naturally, maids are guilty when madams are innocent."
Interested in bringing The Maids to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
The Maids may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
Just announced:' @fbailey' will moderate Saturday night Q&A for #ChefFlynnFilm at the' @NuartTheatre'!…' https://t.co/1gjpzOWuFx'
RT' @CriterionDaily': Hu Bo’s AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL wins best feature' @Golden_Horse' Awards. Zhang Yimou’s SHADOW wins 4; Mag Hsu + Hsu…
Director' @TalalDerki' discussing OF FATHERS AND SONS on opening night at' @MovingImageNYC'.' https://t.co/2N8QQHpdQW'
RT' @BeNaturalMovie': To all our backers and supporters, we’re thrilled to announce that #benaturalthemovie has been acquired by' @kinolorber…'
RT' @edgarwright': Sometimes friends of mine are bemused by me still buying dvds and BluRays, clinging on to physical media. But here’s why:…
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers curator' @StampShelley' and George Willeman of' @librarycongress' went on the…' https://t.co/XQIaqAMrup'
Thrilled by the news that' @TalalDerki's' OF FATHERS AND SONS has been nominated for Best Documentary at…' https://t.co/oARgJ2o3Tg'
RT' @filmindependent': 2019 #SpiritAwards nominees for BEST DOCUMENTARY: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING MINDING THE GAP OF FATHERS A…
In their discussion of this year's doc awards race,' @DEADLINE' praises OF FATHERS AND SONS, "a film that saw directo…' https://t.co/8EZPi21cB1'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-629-6880.