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8 Women (8 Femmes)

8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 97 | Rotten: 26

Featuring some of the best French actresses working today, 8 Women is frothy, delirious, over-the-top fun.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 9

Featuring some of the best French actresses working today, 8 Women is frothy, delirious, over-the-top fun.



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At an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season... But there will be no celebration--their beloved patriarch has been murdered! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Was it his powerful wife? His spinster sister-in-law? His miserly mother-in-law? Maybe the insolent chambermaid or the loyal housekeeper? Could it possibly have been one of his two young daughters? A surprise visit from the victim's


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

François Ozon

Feb 11, 2003


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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (97) | Rotten (26) | DVD (6)

Seduction is more important than deduction in this chic display of star quality to the eighth power.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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For all the tumultuous entrances and flouncing exits, the eight principals manage maybe three laughs among them.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A note of genuine sadness sneaks through at the end, but for the most part, enjoying 8 Women involves coming to terms with its artificiality and learning to appreciate it from a distance. Behind all that thick glass, it's still a work of art.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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The cast is the main attraction in Francois Ozon's witty, even touching 8 Women.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The writing is very clever and it is a hoot watching the celebrated cast ham it up.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The French screen royalty assembled by Ozon and the film's sheer exuberance in its own artifice make this a delight from beginning to end.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The film weaves visual elegance, lesbian subtext, six hilariously inappropriate song-and-dance numbers and a flair for chiffon into a showcase for leading ladies of French cinema past and present.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A dubious proposition for the Francophobic, but it acquits itself with a script so ridiculous that it can't help but be engaging.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

8 Women is meant to be a sampler with the likes of Deneuve, Darrieux, Huppert, Ardant and Beart as its treats. But the confectioner has arrived at pretty poison.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Pure joy. That's what you will feel as you float out of the theater after seeing this wacky musical whodunit starring several of France's most accomplished and best known actresses.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

An Agatha Christie drawing room mystery crossed with the '50s setting and melodrama of Douglas Sirk crossed with the musicality of Jacques Demy with some Aaron Spelling bitchery thrown in for good measure.

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

There cannot be many people who wouldn't want to pay to see Deneuve smash a bottle over the head of an old woman in a wheelchair.

December 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Frothy, racy frivolity starring such French all-stars as Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Béart.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Klopt elementen van een Agatha Christie whodunnit, een frivole chansonmusical en de kleurrijke melodramas van Douglas Sirk op tot een luchtige souffle, als is de kooktijd wel wat lang.

October 2, 2007 Full Review Source:

We have powerful chemistry between Fanny Ardant and Catherine Deneuve in a film that does its trivial thing with real aplomb.

December 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Some may find Ozon's rigorously clever deconstruction of so many conventions a little too French for their tastes, but cineasts and worshippers of les femmes at their most fatales will find this farce wonderfully fierce.

September 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Excepcional policial-comédia-drama-musical com um elenco fabuloso, direção de arte e figurinos notáveis e direção firme e elegante de Ozon.

July 25, 2003
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In a film season dominated by male-oriented action flicks, 8 Women provides the feminine charm and sophistication to soothe the film-loving connoisseur in all of us.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for 8 Women (8 Femmes)

A quirky murder mystery/who-done-it caper starring a femme fatale cast of French beauties to die for. The script is funny and engaging, the characters are over the top and exciting and the set, colours and little details are stylish and oozing with class. On top of all that, it's a musical!! That was a very pleasant surprise, as was the entire film to be honest. Highly recommended!
January 12, 2012

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I actually really enjoyed this movie. It was strange and they kept breaking out in song for no apparent reason. It was a movie I could recommend to that guy who always came into FYE and asked for movies that take place in one place (the movie takes place entirely in a house, almost in just one room). It's definitely not a movie for everyone but if you like quirky foreign films, give it a chance.
April 20, 2011

Super Reviewer

So bad it's good. With IMDb genre tags of Musical, Comedy, and Crime, it pretty much has to be. The songs are farcical nonsense - all character songs, nothing to further the plot - and the cinematography is staid, but I'm pretty sure that's intentional. Nevertheless, it's nice to see all these beautiful legends of French cinema camping it up. Isabelle Huppert and Fanny Ardent are scrumptious. I want Emmanuelle Beart's face. Silence of the Lambs-style. Just cut it off and wear it.
November 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

A bizarre and quirky French musical murder mystery. Each character reveals new plot points and has something to hide. The songs are beautifully written and well executed. The costumes and set design help to create a realistic atmosphere.
December 25, 2006

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