8 Women (8 Femmes)
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At an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season... But there will be no celebration--their beloved patriarch has been murdered! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Was it his powerful wife? His spinster sister-in-law? His miserly mother-in-law? Maybe the insolent chambermaid or the loyal housekeeper? Could it possibly have been one of his two young daughters? A surprise visit from the victim's chic sister sends the household into a tizzy, encouraging hysterics, exacerbating rivalries,… 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 cast is the main attraction in Francois Ozon's witty, even touching 8 Women."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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
"Frothy, racy frivolity starring such French all-stars as Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Béart."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"For all the tumultuous entrances and flouncing exits, the eight principals manage maybe three laughs among them."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"The writing is very clever and it is a hoot watching the celebrated cast ham it up."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"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)
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"We have powerful chemistry between Fanny Ardant and Catherine Deneuve in a film that does its trivial thing with real aplomb."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
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