The Women on the 6th Floor (2011)
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Average Rating: 5.9/10
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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
Oct 7, 2011 Limited
Mar 13, 2012
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All in all-if all is meant moderately-the story leaves an agreeable aftertaste, which lingers longer than we expected.
The film sidesteps all complexities and leaves us with a closing shot that should come with a bucket.
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.
A sweet yet occasionally heavy-handed comedy about class relations in 1962 Paris...
[It] has drama, comedy, romance and class politics. It also introduces an element of ethnic prejudice to the mix.
This agreeable French comedy wears its class consciousness on its sleeve but functions primarily as bourgeois light entertainment.
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.
The unreconstructed nature of the comedy ensures that the jokes and even the shots are awfully familiar.
Let's just say that this is not a film that will endear itself to a female audience.
Several stalwarts of European cinema retread familiar territory in this light-as-a-feather upstairs/downstairs comedy set in 1960s Paris.
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.
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.
Luchini almost rescues it from its own complacency, but the script is equal parts blocked toilets and soft-boiled eggs.
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.
Enjoyably satirical and occasionally insightful, it's betrayed by some lazy stereotyping.
What is an occasionally charming upstairs/downstairs comedy is overshadowed by one unintentionally creepy relationship.
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...
They romanticize the whole idea of these women. I mean, they're all essentially interchangeable.
Fabrice Luchini (Potiche) is immensely likeable as the film's shy leading man and the chatty maids have a humorous, cheeky disposition.
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.
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