Adapted from Octave Mirbeau’s novel published in 1900, Diary of a Chambermaid is a superb release of Luis Buñuel’s complex directorial style.
Set in the 1920s, Célestine (Jeanne Moreau), a stylish, attractive young woman, finds work as a chambermaid in a country chateau. Her employers, the Monteils, are an eccentric family- a frigid wife, a lustful husband (Michel Piccoli) and a father with a foot fetish. Adding to this mix is Joseph, (Georges Géret) the fascist farmworker, who expresses his desire to be with Celestine. Amidst this scenario, the usual calmness of the village is suddenly interrupted when a little girl is found raped and murdered close to the Monteil residence.
This bitter tale where morals overlap with desire is the first collaboration between Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière who would together later produce the well-known “Belle de Jour” with Catherine Deneuve.
In French with English subtitles