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8 WOMEN

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8 Women

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
111 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/20/02
performer:
Emmanuelle Beart, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Firmine Richard, Isabelle Huppert, Virginie Ledoyen, Ludivine Sagnier, Dominique Lamure
director:
Francois Ozon
distributor:
Universal Focus
author:
Marina de Van, Francois Ozon
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a B+

A snowed-in country house, a man with a knife in his back, and eight women — from the cheating wife (Deneuve) to the naughty chambermaid (Emmanuelle Beart) — all with motive and opportunity for murder. The most delicious thing about Francois Ozon’s Sirk-on-acid whodunit may be that despite a through-the-roof camp factor (by the way, it’s also a musical), the actresses inhabit the melodrama rather than just give it a wink. Which makes Deneuve and Ardant’s catfight-turned-kiss sorta mind-blowing.