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8 Women(8 femmes)

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France, Italy · 2002
Rated R · 1h 51m
Director François Ozon
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant
Genre Comedy, Thriller, Music, Crime, Mystery

Eight women gather to celebrate Christmas in a snowbound cottage, only to find the family patriarch dead with a knife in his back. Trapped in the house, every woman becomes a suspect, each having her own motive and secret.

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New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

The movie doesn't remind me so much of the movies of Minnelli or Sirk as it does a lavish parody of "Upstairs, Downstairs," with musical interludes (the divas sing, whether they can or not) that are often as painful to watch as they are audaciously performed.


Portland Oregonian by Kim Morgan

If you simply love Vogue magazine, you'll love 8 Women just as much as the cinematically educated. This breezy entertainment often feels like an exquisitely photographed fashion layout come to life.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The result is weightless entertainment that's both camp and true, a warped adoration of star-quality actresses as amazing creatures who can project the lives of fictional characters as well as the essence of their own fabulous selves.


Washington Post by Michael O'Sullivan

Really, really good -- Yes, it's over the top, giddy and parodistic (God bless it). But it also takes a thoughtful, if surreptitious, look at what eight women might act like when men aren't around.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Movies like 8 Women are essentially made for movie-lovers. You have to have seen overdecorated studio musicals, and you have to know who Darrieux and Deneuve and Beart and Huppert and Ardant are, to get the full flavor. It also helps if you have seen Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap."

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