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4 items from 2012


The Women on the 6th Floor – review

7 July 2012 5:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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. He falls for the family's new Spanish maid (Natalia Verbeke) and begins a social revolution among the inhabitants of the sixth-floor servants' quarters, who include Almodóvar favourites Carmen Maura and Lola Dueñas.

ComedyWorld cinemaJason Solomons

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This week's new films

6 July 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Amazing Spider-Man (12A)

(Marc Webb, 2012, Us) James Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary. 136 mins

New, improved-formula Spider-Man: does whatever last decade's Spider-Man couldn't! The world was hardly screaming out for a rejigged "origins" story, but this at least gives you less comic-book primary colour and more teen-drama shading. Plus better special effects, although the rooftop monster-battle climax feels same-old. Yes, it's a brazenly commercial exercise, but Garfield's limber geekiness tips the balance.

God Bless America (15)

(Bobcat Goldthwait, 2011, Us) Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith. 105 mins

American media idiocy literally comes under fire in this outlandish Falling Down-meets-Natural Born Killers shooting spree.

The Hunter (15)

(Daniel Nettheim, 2011, Aus) Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neill. 102 mins

Dafoe's craggy gravitas dominates this scenic tale of a hunt for the extinct (or is it?) Tasmanian Tiger.

Strawberry Fields (15)

(Frances Lea, 2012, UK) Anna Madeley, Christine Bottomley. »

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The Women on the Sixth Floor – review

5 July 2012 4:02 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A hit in France, this retro clowdpleaser is a victim of its own stodginess

Consider this the French equivalent of The Help: a retro crowdpleaser just mild and evasive enough to have become a massive hit on home turf. The starchy 1960s household of Fabrice Luchini and Sandrine Kiberlain unravels with the arrival of a new maid: the moderately fiery Spaniard María Gonzalez, played by Natalia Verbeke. Luchini almost rescues it from its own complacency, but the script is equal parts blocked toilets and soft-boiled eggs.

Rating: 2/5

World cinemaComedyMike McCahill

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DVD Release: The Women on the 6th Floor

1 February 2012 3:35 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012

Price: DVD $27.99

Studio: Strand Releasing

Say hello to The Women on the 6th Floor.

Popular and pleasing European actresses Carmen Maura (Law of Desire), Sandrine Kiberlain (Madamoiselle Chambon) and Natalia Verbeke (The Method) serve up some solid “upstairs/downstairs” laughs in the 2010 French-Spanish comedy The Women on the 6th Floor.

The film is set in Paris, 1960, where the world of bourgeois couple Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini, Potiche) and Suzanne (Kiberlain) is turned upside-down when they hire a Spanish maid named María (Verbeke). Through María, Jean-Louis is introduced to a wacky kind of alternative lifestyle on the building’s sixth floor, the servants’ quarters. There, 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, and whose influence on the house will ultimately transform everyone’s life.

Directed and co-written by Philippe Le Guay, »

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