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Sister My Sister

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Directed by Nancy Meckler
Written by Wendy Kesselman
Starring Joely Richardson
Jodhi May
Julie Walters
Distributed by British Screen Productions/Channel Four Films/ NFH Productions
Release date(s) 1995
Running time 89 min.
Country U.K.
Language English

Sister My Sister is a 1995 film starring British actresses Joely Richardson, Jodhi May and Julie Walters. The film is directed by Nancy Meckler and written by Wendy Kesselman, based on her own play, My Sister in This House. Both the play and the subsequent film deal with societal repression and its victims.

The film is based on a true incident in Le Mans, France in 1933 called the Papin murder case, where two sisters brutally murdered their employer and her daughter. The murder shocked the country, and there was much speculation about the sisters, including allegations that they were having an incestous lesbian affair with each other.



Christine (Richardson) is the maid of a well-to-do widow (Julie Walters) and her daughter (Sophie Thursfield). Her sister, Lea (May) is hired on the recommendation of Christine. The two sisters become increasingly alienated from their employer, separated by barriers between the classes. With only each other to turn to and Christine experiencing much jealousy as to her sister's interest in anyone else, the relationship becomes sexual, adding to the tension between the sisters and their employer. The tension ultimately leads to paranoia, repressed rage and murder.


  • Julie Walters as Madame Danzard
  • Joely Richardson as Christine
  • Jodhi May as Lea
  • Sophie Thursfield as Isabelle Danzard
  • Amelda Brown as Visitor #1
  • Lucita Pope as Visitor #2
  • Kate Gartside as Sister Veronica
  • Aimee Schmidt as Young Lea
  • Gabriella Schmidt as Young Christine

Related films

The Papin case was also the subject of The Maids, a play by Jean Genet written in 1949 that was adapted into a film in 1974 by Christopher Miles. It starred Glenda Jackson and Susannah York as the maids, and Vivien Merchant as their employer.

The story was also filmed as Murderous Maids, a French film starring Sylvie Testud and Julie-Marie Parmentier and directed by Jean-Pierre Denis.

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