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The Women on the 6th Floor
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All in all-if all is meant moderately-the story leaves an agreeable aftertaste, which lingers longer than we expected."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A sweet yet occasionally heavy-handed comedy about class relations in 1962 Paris..."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"Several stalwarts of European cinema retread familiar territory in this light-as-a-feather upstairs/downstairs comedy set in 1960s Paris."
‑ Paul Gallagher, The List
"Around the gentle tale of romance and longing there are some serious comments on class, politics, the legacy of the Spanish Civil War and European life in the era of Mad Men."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The film sidesteps all complexities and leaves us with a closing shot that should come with a bucket."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"[It] has drama, comedy, romance and class politics. It also introduces an element of ethnic prejudice to the mix."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The unreconstructed nature of the comedy ensures that the jokes and even the shots are awfully familiar."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Warm-hearted but silly French comedy, set in 1960 and starring the excellent Fabrice Luchini as a stockbroker in the stuffy world of the Parisian haute bourgeoisie."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"Luchini almost rescues it from its own complacency, but the script is equal parts blocked toilets and soft-boiled eggs."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This agreeable French comedy wears its class consciousness on its sleeve but functions primarily as bourgeois light entertainment."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Let's just say that this is not a film that will endear itself to a female audience."
‑ Karen Krizanovich, Radio Times
"The socio-economic moral is ladled on like great big dollops of paella."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Que pasa? Rien d'importance."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
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