THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR
French with English sub-titles
Cast: Fabrice Luchini(Potiche, Sandrine Kiberlain (Mademoiselle Chambon), Natalia Verbeke,Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Berta Ojea, Nuria Sole, Concha Calan.
Director: Phillipe le Guay
Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in his work, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple's world is turned upside-down when they hire a Spanish maid Maria. 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 , refugees of the Franco regime, who teach him there's more to life than stocks and bonds. The women's influence on the house brings change... muy rápido!
Selection: I caught this film at the French Film Festival in Brighton and fell in love with the characterisations from the shy and vulnerable Monsieur, to his stiff an unsympathetic wife to the cheeky and chatty maids all bouncing off each other in a comedy of manners between the downstairs formality and the upstairs shenanigans. If you're a linguist, you'll skip between the French and Spanish dialogue with even greater appreciation! And is that doesn't convince you, what more can I say than "Paris" with a blissful sigh!
After premiering at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival to a standing ovation, THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR became a massive hit at the French box office earlier this year - fuelled by enthusiastic word of mouth the film achieved over 2.5 million admissions. Olé!
"The Women on the 6th Floor is a boulevard comedy par excellence, a well-made film secure in its assumptions, which offers pleasant and mostly unchallenging entertainment if you're willing to enter its world." Playback: STL
"A wonderful ensemble piece of work, with plenty of texture, a few well observed social barbs (as is usual in films about the bourgeoisie) and occasionally unexpected twists and turns." Andrew Urban
"Think of Philippe Le Guay's French-language comedy, set in the 1960s, as a fairy-tale version of "The Help."" The Wall Street Journal
"It's Charming, utterly charming, you have to see this film." New York Press