Hired to clean his apartment, a woman (Émilie Dequenne) moves in with a man (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and develops romantic feelings for him.
" Like Chabrol reconfigured into a mildly droll midlife-crisis tease. "
" It's a slight film, well-acted by Bacri and Emilie Dequenne. "
" None of this is profoundly new, but the delicacy of the telling is well worth the experience. "
" Unlike real, first-time lovers -- who usually engage in all sorts of tell-me-everything-about- you conversations -- Laura and Jacques seem to find each other blandly uninteresting. "
" With their reverse-chemistry, [Bacri and Dequenne are] so good together -- hot and hilarious simultaneously -- that you'd think they'd been a team for ages. "
" An acutely observed (and felt) essay on loneliness. "
" It's refreshing to see a film about nothing but human emotion. "
" You could make a broad comedy from this situation, but director Claude Berri chose the small, quiet route. "
" Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton make the life of a middle-aged single person look highly desirable. The Housekeeper doesn't deal in such delusions. "
" Its love story engages both the heart and the head. "
" Two very fine performances. "
" Berri makes very personal works about men who learn something about themselves rather late in life -- something important -- and The Housekeeper continues to analyze this very worthy theme. "
" Manages, despite its middle-aged male-fantasy scenario, to steer clear of the predictable -- or, at the very least, give the predictable some real human dimension. "
" There isn't much to The Housekeeper, really, but it plumbs depths of male unease that louder and less wise movies strain to reach. "
" Engrossing and a soupcon sad. "
" A movie that feels enjoyable, relaxed and anything but housework. "
" Everyone in The Housekeeper has an emotional shield, and director Berri penetrates that shield with warmth, intelligence and a genuine compassion for human tomfoolery. "
" The Housekeeper is wise and subtle in the way it presents its older man. A less interesting movie would make him lustful and self-deceiving, a man who believes his is the secret of eternal youth and virility. "
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