Celestine, Maid at Your Service

Film
An object lesson in how potentially liberating material (the nominal source is Octave Mirbeau's Diary of a Chambermaid) can be manhandled into heavy-handed voyeurism treading an unresolved line between the Pasolini-inspired bawdy romp and Buñuelian subversion. Celestine, fleeing a brothel after a police raid, finds herself in a stately home full of promisingly wan-looking sexual repressives she makes it her task to liberate, while still serving the needs of her fellow-workers (male and female). The print under review is rendered unwatchable by terrible dubbing.

Release details

Duration:
84 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Clifford Brown Jesus Franco
Cast:
Lina Romay
Howard Vernon
Jean-Pierre Granet
Pamela Stanford
Olivier Mathot
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