A smart, fashionable, well-heeled French family living in a gorgeous country house are
looking for a new housekeeper. The lady of the house, (wonderfully) played by Jacqueline
Bisset, hires an enigmatic, quiet, but apparently highly efficient young woman, Sophie
(Sandrine Bonnaire). Everyone is happy with her: she cleans, she cooks, she doesn't type
(but that's another, but relevant, matter). Wandering into the village, Bonnaire meets the
outspoken, fiesty village postmistress, energetically played by Isabelle Huppert. They
become bosom buddies and will soon run the show. At gun point.
The film is a gem. Superbly acted by Huppert and Bonnaire (you understand why the Venice
jury deemed their peformances "inseparable"), but also by Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel,
Virginie Ledoyen and Valentin Merlet, it is deceptively simple, but in fact as diabolically
twisted, psychologically, as actionner "The Usual Suspects". Set to Mozart's "Don
Giovanni", the transformation of Huppert and Bonnaire into Bonnie and Bonnie is both
horrifying and hilarious. You don't know whether you want to laugh or choke, but you sure
know you want to applaud. Don't miss it when it comes out.