The Women on the 6th Floor (2011)

The Women on the 6th Floor

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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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Philippe Le Guay, Jerome Tonnerre
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 2012
Box Office: $0.7M
Runtime:
Strand Releasing - Official Site

Cast


as Jean-Louis

as Concepcion

as Carmen

as Dolores

as Teresa

as Colette de Bergeret

as Colette de Bergeret

as Nicole de Grancourt

as Bettina de Brossolet...

as Madame Triboulet

as Madame Triboulet

as Bertrand

as The Plumber

as Monsieur Armand

as Fishmonger

as Fishmonger

as Pelletier
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Critic Reviews for The Women on the 6th Floor

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (24)

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

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

The film sidesteps all complexities and leaves us with a closing shot that should come with a bucket.

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2012
Birmingham Post

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

Full Review… | July 15, 2012
Irish Times

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

Full Review… | July 11, 2012
Radio Times

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....

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

Perky, delicately balanced rom-com-drama with nicely evoked period, and likeable characters.

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hawk ledge

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