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The Women on the 6th Floor (2011)

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65

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 8

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Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini, Potiche) lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in his work, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain, Mademoiselle Chambon) while their children are away at boarding school. The couple's world is turned upside-down when they hire a Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke). Through Maria, Jean-Louis is introduced to an alternative reality just a few floors up on the building's sixth floor, the servants' quarters. He

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Drama, Comedy

Philippe Le Guay, Jerome Tonnerre

Mar 13, 2012

$0.7M

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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (22) | DVD (1)

All in all-if all is meant moderately-the story leaves an agreeable aftertaste, which lingers longer than we expected.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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The film sidesteps all complexities and leaves us with a closing shot that should come with a bucket.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The film doesn't blaze adventurous new trails, but it dramatizes the stories of those underappreciated servants with an engaging mix of romance, droll humor and upstairs-downstairs social consciousness.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A sweet yet occasionally heavy-handed comedy about class relations in 1962 Paris...

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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[It] has drama, comedy, romance and class politics. It also introduces an element of ethnic prejudice to the mix.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This agreeable French comedy wears its class consciousness on its sleeve but functions primarily as bourgeois light entertainment.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Beautifully filmed, well acted and a topical reminder that success isn't about how much money you have, but how you live - and boil your eggs.

July 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

The unreconstructed nature of the comedy ensures that the jokes and even the shots are awfully familiar.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Let's just say that this is not a film that will endear itself to a female audience.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Several stalwarts of European cinema retread familiar territory in this light-as-a-feather upstairs/downstairs comedy set in 1960s Paris.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Warm-hearted but silly French comedy, set in 1960 and starring the excellent Fabrice Luchini as a stockbroker in the stuffy world of the Parisian haute bourgeoisie.

July 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The socio-economic moral is ladled on like great big dollops of paella.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Around the gentle tale of romance and longing there are some serious comments on class, politics, the legacy of the Spanish Civil War and European life in the era of Mad Men.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Luchini almost rescues it from its own complacency, but the script is equal parts blocked toilets and soft-boiled eggs.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Que pasa? Rien d'importance.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Enjoyable, frequently funny French comedy with likeable characters and a strong central premise, though the script wobbles in the final act and the conclusion fails to convince.

July 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Enjoyably satirical and occasionally insightful, it's betrayed by some lazy stereotyping.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A frothy French fancy with a warm heart at it's core.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

What is an occasionally charming upstairs/downstairs comedy is overshadowed by one unintentionally creepy relationship.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

This delightful slice-of-life observation on class distinctions will make you feel good inside. Luchini carries the movie as the central character with physical mannerisms that have a comedic bent. Other strengths include...

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

They romanticize the whole idea of these women. I mean, they're all essentially interchangeable.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

Fabrice Luchini (Potiche) is immensely likeable as the film's shy leading man and the chatty maids have a humorous, cheeky disposition.

December 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

The film is better at exploring the human connection between Jean-Louis and the maids as a group than it is delving into a romantic connection between Jean-Louis and Maria.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A wonderful ensemble piece of work, with plenty of texture, a few well observed social barbs (as is usual in films about the bourgeoisie) and occasionally unexpected twists and turns

December 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Women on the 6th Floor

I am NOT a French movie fan by any means, but every once in awhile I find myself pleasantly surprised by one. This splendid little film will be added to my "pleasantly surprised" category. Sweet. Charming. Plenty of things to smile about....
November 27, 2012
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In "The Women on the 6th Floor," business may be booming for Jean-Louis(Fabrice Luchini) in 1962, but at home, things could could not be any less smooth. It all started six months previously when his mother died, so his wife Suzanne(Sandrine Kiberlain) figures it is time to start throwing out stuff. Except their maid Germaine(Michele Gleizer) objects to the point of handing in her notice. And with things bordering on chaos, Suzanne takes her friends' advice, and instead of hiring another maid from Brittany, hires Maria(Natalia Verbeke) right off the bus from Spain. Inexperienced as she is, Maria gets some much needed help from her aunt Concepcion(Carmen Maura) and her compatriots on her first day at work.

"The Women on the 6th Floor" is an amusing comedy of manners that Fabrice Luchini does his best to make up for all of the plot holes and improbabilities, with the help of one great exchange.(Plus, how can you hate a comedy with a likable Communist character?) As important as it is to remember that 1962 is very different from today, it is also a year where change is in the air for France, with the Algerian war having just finished, not only for the country as a whole where the native culture gets to assimilate one culture while figuring out which one to hate next, but also on a personal level. For example, Jean-Louis' liberation comes from a different source with his parents now deceased but it is no less important.
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Perky, delicately balanced rom-com-drama with nicely evoked period, and likeable characters.
December 17, 2011
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