The Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

Luis Buñuel directs Jeanne Moreau, Georges Geret and Michel Piccoli in this drama where a city girl becomes a maid to a rich family in the country uncovering fetishes, corruption and murder.

I always associate Luis Buñuel with weirdness. Surreal imagery, non sequitur plotting, unpredictable characters. This film only skirts around posh people’s eccentricities, to be blunt their perversions. The further right your politics the more dangerous your kink, the more you want to expose their harm the closer you have to get to them. Ignore them, turn a blind eye, and they’ll be marching down your street, owning your business, killing your kids and spouting their racism at the dinner table. A strong central performance by Jeanne Moreau buttresses this enigmatic soap.

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