A story of love, lust, obsession, jealousy and lies

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The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997) / La femme de chambre du Titanic (original title)

This is a story of love, lust, obsession,  jealousy and lies…

Horty, a happily married foundry worker, wins a contest and the prize is to watch the Titanic leave on its maiden voyage. However, there is only one ticket so he is unable to take his wife.

Enter Marie. Horty’s is approached by a stunning chambermaid due to board the Titanic the next day. Believing Marie’s story of having no place to spend the night, Horty reluctantly agrees to share his room with the beautiful stranger. When he awakens the next morning she is gone. Horty heads over to the Titanic to watch the ship set sail, and as he is taking in the grand sight he sees Marie from a distance, having her picture taken. He runs into the photographer later that morning, buys the photo of her, and keeps it in his pocket as a remembrance.

Upon returning home, Horty is given a promotion at work and suspects that his wife Zoe has been sleeping with Simeon, the foundry owner, in order to get his this promotion. Angry and hurt, Horty goes to the local bar, where his friends get him drunk and egg him on to tell what happened on his trip – with the chambermaid. Soon he is telling erotic stories of his forbidden romance; and all those who hear these stories are captivated, trying to living vicariously through Horty. Soon Horty’s “show” at the bar is the biggest draw in town.

Horty and Marie

Zeppe a travelling actor, sees Horty’s potential as a big-time earner on the circuit, and liberates Horty from that drab watering hole and its dribbling patrons. Soon the earnest concentration on sexual obsession and jealousy is replaced by a comical and astute depiction of post-Titanic showbiz.

Please note this film has sexually explicit scenes, and is certainly not a film for children.

Directed by Bigas Luna.

Starring Olivier Martinez, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Romane Bohringer, Aldo Maccione.

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