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8 Women (2002)

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, more...
Director: François Ozon, François Ozon
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Black Comedy, France, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 111 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
A gaggle of mothers, wives, daughters, maids, and mistresses gather for a holiday homecoming at their country mansion -- and end up having to solve a murder-mystery -- in this musical-comic homage to studio-era "women's pictures" from acclaimed French director François Ozon. Partly inspired by George Cukor's 1939 classic The Women, 8 Femmes stars Catherine Deneuve as Gaby, a high-society matron just returned to her country house to celebrate Christmas with her husband; mother Mamy (Danielle Darrieux); sister Augustine (Isabelle Huppert); and daughters Suzon (Virginie Ledoyen) and Catharine (Ludivine Sagnier). Not long after they all arrive, however, do they find the man of the house with a knife in his back, whereupon everyone becomes a suspect -- including maids Chanel (Firmine Richard) and Louise (Emmanuelle Béart). The mysterious arrival of Augustine's sister-in-law Pierrette (Fanny Ardant) only complicates matters, as the titular eight women find themselves snowed in by a fierce blizzard, forced to confront the matter of the lifeless husband -- and their long-standing secrets and resentments -- without the aid of the police. Following its immensely successful release in France in early 2002, 8 Women enjoyed much acclaim at the Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Embarrassingly Bad by jcas September 24, 2005 - 10:05 PM PDT
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4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I found the film embarrassingly bad. Maybe it was the ridiculous plot twists, the overacting, or the silly songs (that seemed to detract from, rather than advance, the plot). Maybe I just expected too much, after reading overall good reviews in the press when it came out.
If you want to see a truly fine musical with Catherine Deneuve, skip this one and head straight to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Classy, colorful and unforgettable.

Elegantly, quirky and campy by maritoni January 23, 2004 - 7:55 PM PST
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3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
What a strange and delightful film. It's a musical. It's a murder mystery. It's beautiful women. It's French. Some of the songs are a bit strange and long and the story sometimes drags, but in general, I found this film intriguing and engaging. The production design is colorful and very pleasing. And of course all the ladies are gorgeous and joyful to watch.

nice working giving away some of the surprises there by rarcher September 11, 2003 - 11:58 AM PDT
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3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
i quite enjoyed this movie
the extreme colors
the surreal way songs just pop in and out
and of course, everyone is guilty or can be
nice surprise ending
gc should the synopsis to not give stuff away




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(Average 6.41)
267 Votes
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marco's french favs
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mfrey
Over The Top & Out Of This World !!!
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Just when you thought you've seen it all, here is something completly different. Movies that are off beat, over the top, or just plain "campy". Recomended for a Friday or Saturday night.
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