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8 Women (2002)
"8 femmes" (original title)

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One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be more eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman!

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One morning at an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season. But there will be no celebration at all because their beloved patriarch has been murdered! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Was it his powerful wife? His spinster sister-in-law? His miserly mother-in-law? Maybe the insolent chambermaid or the loyal housekeeper? Could it possibly have been one of his two young daughters? A surprise visit from the victim's chic sister sends the household into a tizzy, encouraging hysterics, exacerbating rivalries, and encompassing musical interludes. Comedic situations arise with the revelations of dark family secrets. Seduction dances with betrayal. The mystery of the female psyche is revealed. There are eight women and each is a suspect. Each has a motive. Each has a secret. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual, and dangerous...one of them is guilty. Which one is it? Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Living in a house full of women can be murder.


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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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20 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,126 (UK) (29 November 2002)

Gross:

£352,581 (UK) (13 December 2002)
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Pierette (Fanny Ardant) tells Augustine (Isabelle Huppert) that she looks like a woman from one of her romance novels, "La Dame Aux Camélias". Huppert actually played Alphonsine in _Storia vera della signora dalle camelie, La (1980)_, an adaptation of that novel. See more »

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On two occasions the ladies refer to the gun as a revolver but it is clearly a semi-automatic pistol. See more »

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[first lines]
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Suzon: I'm going in, Mom.
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Toi jamais
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Music and Lyrics by Michel Mallory
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delightful!
17 October 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is the only French film I've actually liked, and I loved it! It's hilarious and lots of fun to watch. It even makes a little bit of sense, not that that matters. The characters are a riot.

Oh, and it's sexy. Very, very sexy. 8 sexy women and don't think they don't know it!

And the actresses are terrific in these roles. Isabelle Huppert was so great she almost made me forget about her performance in The Piano Teacher (ick!) Ludivigne Sagnier was 10x better than in Water Drops on Burning Rocks. And Catherine Deneuve is 10x better than what you'd expect she'd be at her age having seen The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

The music is incongruous and only a few songs are memorable, but I got the feeling it was supposed to be that way. If they had been more serious or better music, they would have detracted from the comedy.

See this movie! You won't regret it.


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