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Release Date:
20 September 2002 (USA) See more »
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Living in a house full of women can be murder.
Plot:
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! Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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10 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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Towards Zero
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5X2
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 15 September 2004)

Wellspring grabs 'Peau' for States
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 25 March 2003)

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Cast

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Directed by
François Ozon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marina de Van 
François Ozon 
Robert Thomas  play

Produced by
Stéphane Célérier .... associate producer
Olivier Delbosc .... producer
Marc Missonnier .... producer
 
Original Music by
Krishna Levy 
 
Cinematography by
Jeanne Lapoirie 
 
Film Editing by
Laurence Bawedin 
 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
 
Production Design by
Arnaud de Moleron 
 
Set Decoration by
Marie-Claire Quin 
 
Costume Design by
Pascaline Chavanne 
 
Makeup Department
Jean-Charles Bachelier .... key hair stylist
Fabienne Bressan .... key hair stylist
Agathe Dupuis .... key hair stylist
Cédric Gérard .... key makeup artist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... key makeup artist
John Nollet .... key hair stylist
Gill Robillard .... key makeup artist
Myriam Roger .... key hair stylist
Hervé Soulié .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Christine De Jekel .... production manager
Marie-Eve Graviou-Dural .... unit manager
Mélanie Karlin .... post-production supervisor
Gilles Monnier .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hubert Barbin .... first assistant director
Cyril Duval .... second assistant director
Guillaume Huin .... trainee assistant director
Nicolas Ronchi .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
François Aïssa .... carpenter
Céline Barray .... set dresser
Philippe Boutillier .... sculptor
Thomas Broyon .... swing gang
Bernard Chenevier .... carpenter
Henri Demonio .... carpenter
Christophe Doubliez .... carpenter
Nicolas Doyon .... construction coordinator
Pierre Duboisberranger .... first assistant art director
Jean-Baptiste Gallou .... head painter
François Hennequin .... painter
Christophe Hervé .... painter
Antoine Hoog .... painter
Emmanuel Jaffre .... carpenter
Jean-Louis Lalet .... property master
Mick Lanaro .... music art director
Loïc Le Moigne .... painter
Norbert Luchessi .... head carpenter
Christelle Maisonneuve .... assistant set decorator
Elodie Martin .... assistant art director
Franck Miniconi .... painter
Laurent Moizo .... painter
Louis Morand .... carpenter
Bruno Peschard .... props
Santiago Isidro Pin .... painter
Marie-Claire Quin .... set dresser
Serge Royo .... carpenter
Carole Récamier .... upholsterer
Marjorie Thomas .... painter
Elise Tulli .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Charles Autrand .... assistant sound editor
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Vincent Breau .... sound assistant
Frédéric Cattoni .... stereo sound consultant: DTS
Bernard Chaumeil .... sound assistant
Samuel Dequidt .... assistant sound editor
Philippe Dongé .... sound recordist
Pierre Gamet .... sound
Benoît Hillebrant .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Lionel Le Bras .... boom operator
Stéphan Lucas .... sound recordist
Pedro Marques .... synchronization sound engineer
Michel Monier .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Julien Perez .... sound recordist
Pascal Vonhatten .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Christophe Messaoudi .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Nicolas Kermel .... digital artist
Christopher Grandel .... trailer digital effects, Howard Anderson Company (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Pascaline Girardot .... stunts
Pascal Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Pascal Guégan .... stunts
Crystal Samani .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolas Dixmier .... gaffer
Mickael Georgeault .... electrician
Alexandre Gotkovski .... electrician
Yorick Le Saux .... camera operator
Jean-Claude Moireau .... still photographer
Carlos Ribeiro .... grip
Benoît Rizzoti .... assistant camera
Didier Rollot .... electrician
Hervé Rousset .... key grip
Ludovic Simeon .... second assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hélène Cassard .... costumer
Isabelle Guérin .... costumer
Emma Lebail .... costumer (as Emma le Bail)
Hélène Robin .... costumer
Monique Tourret .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Richard Deusy .... colorist
Christian Dutac .... color timer
Delphine Illouz .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Amélie de Chassey .... music supervisor
Daniel Fauré .... composer: song "Pour ne pas vivre seul"
Bruno Fontaine .... musician: piano
Bruno Fontaine .... orchestrator
Jil .... composer: song "Papa t'es plus dans l'coup"
Gene Kelly .... composer: song "Pour ne pas vivre seule"
Didier Lizé .... score mixer
Delphine Mathieu .... music supervisor
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Thierry Chapat .... administrator
Sébastien Charles .... choreographer
Marylène Dastugue .... production secretary
Marina de Van .... collaborator
Aurélien Dubois .... trainee production
Agathe Grau .... script supervisor
Amélia Guyader .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Dominique Besnehard .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"8 femmes" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexual content
Runtime:
111 min
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Trivia:
Director François Ozon wanted to make a remake of George Cukor's The Women (1939) but he changed his mind and later found the play written by Robert Thomas.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): On two occasions the ladies refer to the gun as a revolver but it is clearly a semi-automatic pistol.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[in French, using English subtitles]
Suzon:I'm going in, Mom.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pile ou faceSee more »

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74 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
These ladies kick ass!, 20 August 2003
Author: RWiggum from Erlangen, Germany

'8 Women' is a rather unique film. On the surface it is the probably only entry in the genre of the grotesque whodunit-musical. But actually, it's a huge playground - for the actresses who get the chance to play with the stereotypes attached to them, and for director François Ozon to toy with the clichés of the whodunit.

Here's the setup: 1950s. A beautiful mansion. A man is found lying in his bed with a knife in his back. The possible suspects: His wife, his two daughters, his sister, his mother-in-law, his sister-in-law, the chambermaid and the cook. As these eight women can't leave the estate or call the police, they try to find the murderer themselves. We know this situation from countless Agatha Christie-stories.

But what Ozon makes of this situation is just incredible. It already begins with the casting: Who else could play the gentrified Gaby if not Catherine Deneuve? Is there any actress who would fit more perfectly for the role of the spinsterish sister than Isabelle Huppert? Who else would you want to walk around in that dress of a chambermaid than the most desirable Emmanuelle Béart? The actresses are eagerly playing with the stereotypes that surround them because of both, the roles they played and their private lives.

Then there's the story: All whodunits have those obligatory scenes where the motives of all characters are revealed. '8 Women' takes that formula and deliberately goes over the top with it, it's characters are unfaithful, pregnant, lesbian, poisoners and many things more. And as a final twist, the film stops eight times to give each of its protagonists a chance to reveal her true character in a scene entirely devoted to them - singing and dancing. There is also another scene worth mentioning that is entirely dedicated to the actresses: A scene with a lot of dialog that entirely consists of nothing but a series of closeups - and that for about three minutes.

Cinephiles can enjoy this film on even another level: The film is filled with references to beloved classics. Consider Fanny Ardant's musical number, which pays homage to Rita Hayworth's glove-strip in 'Gilda', and another Rita Hayworth-moment so wonderful I won't reveal it here. Consider Emmanuelle Béarts hairstyle that echoes Kim Novak in 'Vertigo'. Consider the fact that the late husband of the Dannielle Darrieux character was a general, reminding us of 'Madame de...'. Or consider the painting of the young Catherine Deneuve hanging in one room - a replica of a 'Belle de jour'-poster. All this is supported by the rich, colorful cinematography, the art direction and the costumes, that give the entire film a 1950s look.

But attention: If you give this film a chance, don't expect it to be logically consistent. It isn't. But that doesn't matter at all. The murder mystery story is replaceable. The film is entirely devoted to its brilliant actresses and the wonderful, bitchy dialog they exchange. It's great fun and it is getting better with every viewing.

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