8 Women

Catherine Deneuve  Actor Isabelle Huppert  Actor Emmanuelle Béart  Actor Fanny Ardant  Actor Virginie Ledoyen  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Not For Children,Adult Language,Adult Humor,Sexual Situations

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8 Women

Theatrical Release Date: 2002 09 20 (USA - Limited)

UPC: 025192273827

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Not For Children, Adult Language, Adult Humor, Sexual Situations]

Summary: 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) and Catharine (Ludivine Sagnier). Not long after they all arrive, however, do they find the man of the house with a knife in his back, whereupon everyone becomes a suspect -- including maids Chanel (Firmine Richard) and Louise (Emmanuelle Béart). The mysterious arrival of Augustine's sister-in-law Pierrette (Fanny Ardant) only complicates matters, as the titular eight women find themselves snowed in by a fierce blizzard, forced to confront the matter of the lifeless husband -- and their long-standing secrets and resentments -- without the aid of the police. Following its immensely successful release in France in early 2002, 8 Women enjoyed much acclaim at the Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Category: Mystery

Awards: Best French Film – French Academy of Cinema Best Actress – French Academy of Cinema Best Actress – French Academy of Cinema Best Director – French Academy of Cinema Best Supporting Actress – French Academy of Cinema Best Young Actress – French Academy of Cinema Best Sound – French Academy of Cinema Best Sound – French Academy of Cinema Best Sound – French Academy of Cinema Best Screenplay – French Academy of Cinema Best Screenplay – French Academy of Cinema Best Original Score – French Academy of Cinema Best Cinematography – French Academy of Cinema Best Costumes – French Academy of Cinema Best Production Design – French Academy of Cinema Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution – Berlin International Film Festival Best Foreign Film – National Board of Review

Features: cc [None specified]

8 Women

Format: DVD

Release Date: 02/11/2003

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 111 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) French

Subtitles: Spanish,English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:18]
2. Home for Christmas [5:32]
3. Papa T'es Plus Dans Le Coup (Daddy, You Ain't With It) [2:28]
4. Monsieur Is Dead! [5:17]
5. Secrets & Suspicion [10:27]
6. Message Personnel (Personal Message) [4:35]
7. Pierrette [3:30]
8. A Quoi Sert De Vive Libre (What's the Point of Living Free) [6:58]
9. Alibis [7:44]
10. Mon Amour Mon Ami (My Lover, My Friend) [3:43]
11. Augustine's Attack [5:09]
12. Family Secrets [2:07]
13. Pour Ne Pas Vivre Seul ( So As Not to Live Alone) [2:56]
14. Settling of Accounts [1:39]
15. Pile Ou Face (Head or Tails) [6:51]
16. Mamy's Secret [2:05]
17. Quarrels & Rebellion [5:32]
18. Pierrette Is Guilty [7:32]
19. Toi Jamais (You Never Do) [2:51]
20. Female Complicity [2:08]
21. A Christmas Story [5:32]
22. II N'y A Pas D'amour Heureux (There Is No Happy Love) [6:08]
23. End Titles [3:58]

Michael Hastings

After the subdued classicism of the dramatic thriller Under the Sand, director François Ozon lets loose with this star-studded camp extravaganza, and though the results are never less than immensely enjoyable, the director's hyper-ironic, postmodern take on Technicolor '50s women's pictures is in the end more than a little shallow. But depth isn't what Ozon is interested in here: 8 Women is all surface and pastiche, from the garish costumes recalling both Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows and Luis Buñuel's Diary of a Chambermaid, to the curiously static musical numbers marrying François Hardy classics to Lawrence Welk-style choreography. The formula yields some delectable performances, among them a grand, icon-smashing tour de force from Catherine Deneuve; a tweedy, constipated turn from Isabelle Huppert, cast joyously against type; and Emmanuelle Béart's lip-smacking parody of the erotic-maid archetype so endemic to Gallic film history. Even the film's source material seems tailor-made to Ozon's needs: The acidic one-liners, double- and triple-crosses, and ambi-sexual character revelations all work in tandem with 8 Women's meticulously designed and over-lit sets, fake snow, and plastic deer. So while film geeks -- in particular those with an encyclopedic knowledge of French cinema -- may have a ball, those expecting a straight (in every sense of the word) comedic murder-mystery will be forgiven if they stagger out of 8 Women a little dazed and confused. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Krishna Levy  Composer (Music Score) 
Marina de Van  Screenwriter 
Olivier Delbosc  Producer 
Marc Missonnier  Producer 
François Ozon  Director 
François Ozon  Screenwriter 
Catherine Deneuve  Actor 
Isabelle Huppert  Actor 
Emmanuelle Béart  Actor 
Fanny Ardant  Actor 
Virginie Ledoyen  Actor 
Danielle Darrieux  Actor 
Ludivine Sagnier  Actor 
Firmine Richard  Actor 

Country: France