Les femmes du 6e étage (The Women on the 6th Floor) (2011)
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as Jean-Louis Joubert
as Suzanne Joubert
as Madame Triboulet
as Germaine Bronech
as Bertrand Joubert
as Monsieur Armand
as The Fishmonger
as The Priest
as Colette de Bergeret
as Madame Triboulet
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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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Les femmes du 6e étage (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....
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.
Perky, delicately balanced rom-com-drama with nicely evoked period, and likeable characters.
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