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ISBN/ASIN : B00009PBI2
Manufacturer : Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment|
Release data : 18 August, 2003
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Despite having thought I wouldn't enjoy, then have gone on to love, other French films such as Amelie and Delicatessen, I still had reservations about '8 Women'. But I wanted something new to watch - and having watched it a ker-jillion times since I got it, I can say hand on heart that this is the best on-spec, never-heard-of-it-before film I have ever seen.
Set in 1950's France, a family of women and one man are gathering for Christmas when the maid goes to his room and finds him murdered. As they are stranded in a remote house in the snow, and the guard dogs haven't barked at all, it becomes quickly apparent that the murderer is in the house. There is Gaby, her two daughters Suzon and Catherine, her mother Mamy, her uptight sister Augustine, her flamboyant sister-in-law Pierrette, and the two maids, Chanel and Louise. All the women have secrets and possible motives for murdering their patriarch, which come out in a cleverly woven thread of intrigue and dark humour.
The star studded cast just seem to spark off each other effortlessly and teamed up with glamourous costumes, a sumptious set and a set of kooky songs ( which somehow fit in perfectly), the film is completely captivating and addictive.
This is a must see for everyone. However I would warn all heterosexual women to be prepared to momentarily doubt your sexuality when Catherine Deneuve sings ' Toi Jamais'. I have watched it with 3 other straight women and they all felt funny too! Don't worry, it will pass.
I do not watch french films a great deal, and I was not looking forward to a trip to the cinema to see this one...but encouraged by a friend, I forgot about those dreadful black and white 60's films that they were prone to showing on Channel 4 and made a special effort.
To say that I was rewarded for this would be an understatement. The first thing you notice is the opulent colour that suffuses every scene. You will also notice how much this looks as though it is a filmed play, and this is quite deliberate as it is also framed to look as though you are viewing it on a proscenium arch stage. The single set re-inforces this idea, as does some of the melodramatic moments throughout the film. This is an excellent device that helps the mood as opposed to detracting from it.
The film itself is a whodunnit set in 1950's France, in fact at first it seems as though this is stright from the pages of an Agatha Christie novel, with 8 women trapped by the snow in a large mansion house and one dead body. In turn each of the women are accused allowing them a moment in the spotlight so they can (rather unsettlingly at first) burst into a song, putting out of your mind any references of the first lady of crime novels. This feels like a tribute to those light musical comedies that simply don't get made anymore,and though some of the jokes here can be lost in the translation, even with my schoolboy french I was able to fully enjoy the humour.
This is colourful, refreshing, playful and utterly charming.
Do not hesitate to add this to your collection.
silly but highly entertainig
This is a charming movie coming from France and which gives you the great opportunity to see 3 generations of beautiful leading ladies of the French cinema like Darieux,Deneuve,Beart,Huppert,Ardant,Sagnier .
This movie is done in the classical style,actualyy loking like a coloured movie from the 50's.All the action takes place in the family mansion which is separated from the outside world by a snow storm.The father is found murdered,with all the 8 women who sorround him beeing suspects.
I have to warn the viewers that this is also a musical film with the ladies bursting unexpectedly into singing.Although it's very charming,some might find the idea less atracting.
In conclusion a silly mix of mistery ,comedy and music which is highly entertaining.