The Maids

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July–August 2013, no. 353

The Maids

Reviewed by
July–August 2013, no. 353

Jean Genet’s Les bonnes (The Maids, 1947) is inspired by a true story. Two maids, sisters, murder their wealthy mistress and are found by authorities soon after, huddled in the same bed. Incest as well? So it is odd to be confronted with a drama that essentially addresses the audience’s intellect, spring-boarding out of a melodramatic re-enactment into a study of, indeed a homage to, transgression.

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