Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle
Beart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Danielle Darrieux, Ludivine
Sagnier and Firmine Richard.
Directed by: Francios Ozon
8 Women is a remarkable piece. Surreal and spectacular.
Hilarious and handsome. I am not sure I have ever seen anything
quite like it. At first you feel as if Audrey Hepburn will pop
out from behind the door and join the cast. Because certainly
this is a re-release of a 1950's chick flick. But it is not -
it is brand new. Then just when you settle to the fact
that it's a stylistic modern made visual throw back with all the
glitzy glamour of that era the women burst into catchy fruity
After you stop roaring with laughter, you again settle, and begin
to be drawn in to the delightful twisting tale unfolding before
you in bright bold colors washing across the simple set!
again I should not be surprised at my surprise. The film is created
by France's adorable and avante garde director François
Ozon. He calls it a comedic murder mystery. But he forgot to ad
occasional musical to the quip.
cast is the who's who chickbabes of French cinema. These glorious
beauties parade in front of you oozing charm and talent as Ozon's
story about an isolated mansion caught in a snowstorm and
the center of a murder intrigue unravels.
(Catherine Deneuve) an elegant snobby socialite owns the mansion
that the eight women are all gathered at. Among
the gals present are Gaby's eldest daughter, Suzon (Virginie Ledoyen),
her spinster bitter-to-the-stars sister Augustine (Isabelle Huppert),
Suzon's little sister Catherine (Ludvine Sagnier),
her sister-in-law Pierrette (Fanny Ardant), her odd mom Mamy (Danielle
Darrieux) and a couple of less than domestic domestics; Louise
( Emmanuelle Beart) the model-like chamber maid and Madame Chanel
(Firmine Richard) the woman who raised Gaby's daughters.
tale starts simple enough. It is Christmas time and Suzon is coming
home for the holiday. At first all the women are happy and making
nice. Faster than you can toss the fruitcake without being spotted
- the head of the household, Gaby's husband, Marcel is found dead.
He's been murdered. Given the old 86. He lies lifeless in his
boudoir and each of the women falls suspect.
The telephone line is cut and the only car conveniently
lies dead in the driveway. There are only the eight of them and
the raging storm that forbids anyone from coming or going makes
it very clear the killer is one of them...
stories and song they begin to root out the killer who hides among
each woman tells their truth about themselves we get more confused
as to whom the killer might be since they all appear to have motive
and kind of despise the man.
and fabulous. Ridiculous and royal. The stunning costumes by Pascaline
Chavanne really punctuated the brilliance of the stage-like setting.
One can only hope this style of dress comes back into vogue.
love this film. Make an effort to find 8 Women and enjoy
its wonderful witty world of wackos!
recommendation: Chilled white wine and room temperature Brie