Les femmes du 6e étage (The Women on the 6th Floor) (2011)



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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 befriends a group of sassy Spanish maids (Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Berta Ojea, Nuria Sole, Concha Calan), refugees of the Franco regime, who teach him there's more to life than stocks and bonds. The women's influence on the house brings change... muy rápido! Official Selection of Berlinale. -- (C) Strand
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Fabrice Luchini
as Jean-Louis Joubert
Sandrine Kiberlain
as Suzanne Joubert
Carmen Maura
as Concepcion
Lola Dueñas
as Carmen
Berta Ojea
as Dolores
Nuria Sole
as Teresa
Muriel Solvay
as Nicole
Audrey Fleurot
as Bettina
Annie Mercier
as Madame Triboulet
Michèle Gleizer
as Germaine Bronech
Camille Gigot
as Bertrand Joubert
as Boulard
Vincent Nemeth
as Monsieur Armand
Patrick Bonnel
as Golmard
Laurent Claret
as Blamond
Thierry Nenez
as The Fishmonger
José Etchelus
as The Priest
Jean-Claude Jay
as Pelletier
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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
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The film sidesteps all complexities and leaves us with a closing shot that should come with a bucket.

Full Review… | July 4, 2012
Time Out
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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
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A sweet yet occasionally heavy-handed comedy about class relations in 1962 Paris...

November 24, 2011
Seattle Times
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[It] has drama, comedy, romance and class politics. It also introduces an element of ethnic prejudice to the mix.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Washington Post
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This agreeable French comedy wears its class consciousness on its sleeve but functions primarily as bourgeois light entertainment.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Les femmes du 6e étage (The Women on the 6th Floor)

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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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....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


This movie certainly isn't breaking new ground nor is it exempt from the cliches of upstairs-downstairs relations and that separation that occurs between boss and servant. There's also that old-ass cliche of the rich people having boring and dull lives and the servants being full of life and happiness despite not having as much. It is a formula movie, pretty much, from beginning to end, but it is certainly a very entertaining one nonetheless. It's got a solid cast, Fabrice Luchini being a highlight trying to play the fish out of water, and he has funny facial expressions. Natalia Verbeke is also pretty damn good at playing a strong and, in a way, independent character. Really it's unfair to single out a couple of the cast when they all contributed equally to the film being as entertaining as it is. Again the movie doesn't reinvent the wheel and it's rife with cliches but that doesn't mean this movie isn't entertaining and worth watching if you have Netflix.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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