8 Women (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  

Original title:  8 Femmes

France/Italy, 2002.  , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by National Board of Review Awards 2002.   Online Film Critics Awards 2002.  Toronto International Film Festival 2002.

Take a Hercule Poirot mystery, cast France’s eight most beautiful and talented women, throw in a selection of popular French tunes from the fifties and sixties, and photograph it a la Douglas Sirk in queasy-bright colour, and you have Francois Ozon’s latest delightful satire.  returns to her picture-perfect mansion with her college student daughter (), only to discover that her husband has been murdered in his bed.  The phones have been cut off, the gates to the estate locked and the car has been vandalized, leaving eight women trapped in a house where no one knows who did it! Also suspect are Deneuve’s spinster sister (a hilarious ), her alcoholic mother (, who also played Deneuve’s mother in The Young Girls of Rochefort), her other daughter (), her cook (), her sexy cabaret-singer sister-in-law () and her sex-kitten maid (). The secrets that are revealed throughout their investigation of the crime are at turns hilarious, ridiculous and sometimes very moving. Exceptionally well done, and the tuneful songs will bounce around in your head for days!

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