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Class and sexual tensions boil over in these subversive portraits of women on the edge. A slashing adaptation of the influential play by French provocateur Jean Genet, THE MAIDS traces the unsettling relationship that forms between two domestic workers (Glenda Jackson and Susannah York) who channel their love-hate obsession with their employer into a dangerous, sadomasochistic game. Based in part on the same notorious real-life crime that inspired Genet, Claude Chabrol’s coolly harrowing LA CÉRÉMONIE—one of the most acclaimed late-career films by the prolific French New Wave master—stars Isabelle Huppert as a postal worker who draws a young housemaid played by Sandrine Bonnaire into her lethal web.