8 Women (8 Femmes)

Critics Consensus

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

79%

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Total Count: 125

76%

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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 chic sister sends the household into a tizzy, encouraging hysterics, exacerbating rivalries, and encompassing musical interludes. Comedic situations arise with the revelations of dark family secrets. Seduction dances with betrayal. The mystery of the female psyche is revealed. There are eight women--and each is a suspect. Each has a motive. Each has a secret. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual, and dangerous... One of them is guilty. Which one is it?

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Critic Reviews for 8 Women (8 Femmes)

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (26)

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

    Dec 9, 2013 | Full Review…
  • For all the tumultuous entrances and flouncing exits, the eight principals manage maybe three laughs among them.

    Dec 9, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 9, 2013 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

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  • The cast is the main attraction in Francois Ozon's witty, even touching 8 Women.

    Dec 9, 2013
  • The writing is very clever and it is a hoot watching the celebrated cast ham it up.

    Dec 9, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 8 Women (8 Femmes)

  • Apr 20, 2011
    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.
    Megan S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2010
    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. <i>Silence of the Lambs</i>-style. Just cut it off and wear it.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2009
    Engaging whodunit set in roughly the 1930's as 8 women are trapped one snowy day together after Catherine Deneuve's husband is discovered murdered in his bed. Once forced to confront each other, enough skeletons come barging out of the closet to re-enact the undead army in <i>Jason and the Argonauts</I>. This is a real treat for French cinema fans with a dream cast including Deneuve, the stunning Emmanuelle Beart, Virginie Ledoyen, then-newcomer Ludivine Sagnier, and scene-stealing Isabelle Huppert as an uptight spinster. Everyone is solid and enjoying themselves as the tone never veers into heavy drama, despite the adult themes. The audience is soon clued into this when the first musical number is absurdly sprung 20 minutes in! That's right, this parlor murder mystery features a song for each of the ladies to perform, which they do with their own voice a la <i>Moulin Rouge</i>. The lyrics shed a little light on each character but are essentially inconsequential, the songs are mere vaudevillian diversions. Some might find these interludes ridiculous, which they are and in almost any other movie I would be rolling my eyes too, but for whatever reason I enjoyed these flights of fancy. They all know how to deliver a tune! Much backstory is overlooked and the way the film ends is not completely satisfying, but this amusement park attraction is well worth the ride.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2009
    Fresh and lovely french murder-mystery that touches upon the comedy and musical genre. Dark, yet manages to be bubbly and smart. I was surprised to find such an excellent cast of talented french actresses all in one film. It's cheesy, it's quirky, I loved it.
    Janice : Super Reviewer

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