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8 Women (8 Femmes) Reviews

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½ August 27, 2016
This was a really entertaining movie,full of imagination and amazing one-liners. The best thing about this French dark comedy was the exceptional cast and the amazing female characters they portrayed. The musical scenes were either very good and quite fitting or they managed to ruin the moment. Overall it was quite fun and pretty interesting but the finale saddly managed to disappoint.
August 23, 2015
It has a well-structured mystery and the female cream of French cinema in first-class acting. Hypocrisy, selfishness and exploitation are given a kick in the ass. It's marvellous technically, with fantastic sets and costumes, a good soundtrack and an unbelievable finale. And it's not elementary, Watson. A theatrical performance in the luxury of your living room. What else could you ask for?
July 28, 2015
An all female cast with France's most outstanding actresses of the past fifty years in this comedy musical "who done it" set in an isolated country home. This is pure style but with the substance and one of my guilty pleasures.
July 13, 2015
Absolutely Fabulous. And I didn't even have to get drunk and fall backwards out of a Taxi.
½ May 4, 2015
The colors are beautiful. But this is the only thing I like of this film.
The songs are quite annoying, overall, quite boring. Ozon can make much better, he made much better.
½ April 10, 2015
If you're a fan of French Film and Film Musical it is impossible that you will not enjoy this send-up / homage to Douglas Sirk. One can only imagine the stories from behind the scenes of the making of this film.
½ March 9, 2015
Awesome.....the exemplification of most type of women and their relation to a man
December 17, 2014
saw this when first released and didn't pay much attention to it. But seeing it again, almost a decade later, it resonates in a way it didn't then as it became clear to me that it's a farce composed of only females (rare for farce) and the operaettic bursts of song really work -- especially the last. Just really liked it a lot second time round - but it only gets force towards the end.
December 1, 2014
This is a French movie that I've been meaning to see for awhile. It's part murder mystery, part musical, and so incredibly campy. For the mystery part, there are a million twists and turns as the ladies try to figure out which one of them killed Marcel. I lost track of a lot of them and then realized at the end that some of them weren't addressed at all. It's actually a lot of fun to watch. As for the musical part, I actually didn't really need it. The songs were light, and kind of all sounded the same. Also, I'm one for songs in musicals to further something, whether it be the plot, relationship, character development, etc. The songs basically were just stuck in, but it did give the whole thing more theatricality. So, don't go into it with heady expectations or anything, but it's just pure fun.
November 10, 2014
Racy, yes. Shocking, not exactly. After all, who hasn't seen French chicks doing the naughties..you kind of expect it, even if its from the very dignified Catherine Deneuve. Could do without the chorus line tho.
August 18, 2014
Fantastic. Funny, sad, moving, scary,sweet and thought-provoking dance through a women's mind, French to the core. There's a smart, stylish twist at every turn.But beware: you will probably either love or hate it.
May 25, 2014
8 Women is unlike anything you've ever seen before. Its a murder mystery comedy, but also a musical, and also a zany comedy with soap opera level lighting and plotlines. The songs are character based and don't enhance the plot, but I enjoyed Suzon's rendition of Mon Ami, Mon Amour. The movie takes lots of dips and dives, for an outrageous if slow parody of dysfunctional family movies.
½ May 4, 2014
Great performance but it lacks depth.
½ March 20, 2014
good murder mystery from france deneuve is a real force of nature here
½ March 7, 2014
Incredibly funny and unbelievably involving, 8 Femmes is a black comedy done with bravura. The character development is outstanding, every one of those eight women has a personality, motif and a back story. The film is also very bold with its lesbian scenes, the ending is unexpected and truly fantastic, the social context is evident and although the music tend to diminish the film as a whole (the characters just burst into song in most awkward of moments) and one could make a point that it is unnecessary, it is nonetheless a joyful ride thanks to superb acting, strong characterization and extremely funny jokes. 8 Femmes is a memorable, strange, disctinct picture and a cult movie for a reason.
½ January 30, 2014
"IN A HOUSE FULL OF WOMEN, THE ONLY MAN GETS MURDERED"

- '8 Femmes' is a French musical murder mystery from 2002 by director Françios Ozon (Dans la Maison). Although it takes a bit of time to get used to the French songs and I suspect a female audience will find this more appealing, I really like this movie and the twist in the end. In Agatha Christie style- whodunit storyline we try to find a murderer among eight colorful women, doing so we learn each of them carries a dark secret. This film features the crème de la crème of French actresses: Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppart, Emmanuelle Béart (Mission: Impossible), Danielle Darieux, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Ludivine Sagnier and Firmine Richard. Who killed the only man in the house?

On a snowy winter morning in a isolated countryside mansion in France, the man of the house is found dead in his bed with a knife still sticking in his back. Because of the weather, the killer can only be one of the people in the house. Was it his stylish wife Gaby (Deneuve)? His spinster sister-in-law Augustine (Huppart)? His alcoholic mother-in-law Mamy (Darieux)? His perfectlyseeming eldest daughter Suzon (Ledoyen)? Or his youngest tomcat daughter Catherine (Sagnier)? Perhaps Madam Chanel (Richard) the cook had reason to get rid of him? Or maybe it was the sexy housemaid Louise (Béart)? While the woman try to find out what happened, another person shows up at their doorstep: Prostitute Pierrette (Ardant) who claims to be the victim's sister. Could she be the murderer? In order to solve the case each of the eight women will have to unravel their darkest secret.
½ January 22, 2014
Women in all their sexy, glamorous, secretive, selfish, deceptive, glory. Made even more wonderful by the clothes, the hair, and the gorgeousness of each and every one of the women. I could almost smell the heady scent of No 5, cigarette smoke, and wine. And to top it all off - in French! With beautiful French music. Utter bliss.
January 12, 2014
8 Femmes is a high camp romp that is all about the ensemble cast of three generations of great French actresses, from an 84-year old Danielle Darrieux to a 22-year old Ludivine Sagnier, and that includes world stars Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, and Emmanuelle Beart.

Based on the eponymous 1958 play by Robert Thomas, the story is a familiar derivation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Marcel, the head of a wealthy country household, is murdered. The eight women in his life - his wife (Deneuve), two daughters (Virginie Ledoyan and Sagnier), sister (Fanny Ardant), mother- (Darrieux) and sister-in-law (Huppert), chambermaid (Beart) and cook (Firmine Richard) - are trapped together in the chateau by sabotage and a snowstorm. Unable to contact the police, they set about trying to deduce which of them is the murderer. Lies are told; secrets are revealed; alliances are made and broken; and in the end there is a surprising double twist.

As a murder mystery, the plot is hardly worthy of, say, Anthony Shaffer. But the plot is not the point, as you realise when the cast first (and entirely unexpectedly) breaks into song. This is not a garden variety country house thriller: This is no-holds-barred family politics, packaged as a tongue-in-cheek imitation of 1950s glam entertainment. Sit back, and enjoy the snappy interaction among the leads, and the gradual revelation of their characters' desires, their petty jealousies, and the gambits they use and have used, against each other and against Marcel, to get what they want. It is occasionally clumsy, always campy, and you might roll your eyes now and then at a particular bit of silliness. But 8 Femmes is worth the ride.
December 27, 2013
Even if this French musical were not so enjoyable -- and it is. The gathering of this legendary cast of actors makes for an event. François Ozon is having fun, but he never lets the art and style of the film to lapse. I highly disagree with RT's comment that this is inspired by Cukor. This is most certainly a cinematic satire of Douglas Sirk. Impossibly French and fun. It is particularly fun to watch Deneuve, Huppert and Ardant spare.
December 14, 2013
It's not even French humour, it's just nearly unwatchable. Had to fast forward on all the singing. And just when you think the ending is about to make it all better, it gets worse!
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