8 Women (8 Femmes)
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A gaggle of mothers, wives, daughters, maids, and mistresses gather for a holiday homecoming at their country mansion -- and end up having to solve a murder-mystery -- in this musical-comic homage to studio-era "women's pictures" from acclaimed French director François Ozon. Partly inspired by George Cukor's 1939 classic The Women, 8 Femmes stars Catherine Deneuve as Gaby, a high-society matron just returned to her country house to celebrate Christmas with her husband; mother Mamy (Danielle Darrieux); sister Augustine (Isabelle Huppert); and daughters Suzon (Virginie Ledoyen)… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Seduction is more important than deduction in this chic display of star quality to the eighth power."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The writing is very clever and it is a hoot watching the celebrated cast ham it up."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The film weaves visual elegance, lesbian subtext, six hilariously inappropriate song-and-dance numbers and a flair for chiffon into a showcase for leading ladies of French cinema past and present."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Pure joy. That's what you will feel as you float out of the theater after seeing this wacky musical whodunit starring several of France's most accomplished and best known actresses."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"There cannot be many people who wouldn't want to pay to see Deneuve smash a bottle over the head of an old woman in a wheelchair."
‑ , Film4
"For all the tumultuous entrances and flouncing exits, the eight principals manage maybe three laughs among them."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A dubious proposition for the Francophobic, but it acquits itself with a script so ridiculous that it can't help but be engaging."
‑ Erin Podolsky, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Frothy, racy frivolity starring such French all-stars as Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Béart."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"The cast is the main attraction in Francois Ozon's witty, even touching 8 Women."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Ozon's notion of derision is perfectly carried out by his multi-generational name cast."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"8 Women is meant to be a sampler with the likes of Deneuve, Darrieux, Huppert, Ardant and Beart as its treats. But the confectioner has arrived at pretty poison."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"An Agatha Christie drawing room mystery crossed with the '50s setting and melodrama of Douglas Sirk crossed with the musicality of Jacques Demy with some Aaron Spelling bitchery thrown in for good measure."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Klopt elementen van een Agatha Christie whodunnit, een frivole chansonmusical en de kleurrijke melodramas van Douglas Sirk op tot een luchtige souffle, als is de kooktijd wel wat lang."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, bibloi.com
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