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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 & 28 nominations See more »
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(7 articles)
Towards Zero
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 2 November 2007)

5X2
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 15 September 2004)

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

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A Playful Romp with Great Actresses See more (159 total) »

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 Rizzotti .... assistant camera (as Benoît Rizzoti)
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:
In the German dub, the French actresses have been dubbed by 8 popular German actresses: Senta Berger (Gaby), Hannelore Elsner (Pierrette), Cosma Shiva Hagen (Catherine), Nina Hoss (Louise), Nicolette Krebitz (Suzon), Ruth-Maria Kubitschek (Mamy), Katja Riemann (Augustine), Jasmin Tabatabai (Mme Chanel)See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[in French, using English subtitles]
Suzon:I'm going in, Mom.
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Movie Connections:
Version of La nuit des suspectes (1957)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pile ou faceSee more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Playful Romp with Great Actresses, 31 May 2005
Author: wglenn from Stony Brook, NY

8 Femmes is a playful mystery/musical/dark comedy that hearkens back to Jacques Demy's Parapluies de Cherbourg, which also starred Catherine Deneuve, and Demoiselles de Rochefort, in which Danielle Darrieux and Deneuve played mother and daughter. The story stars off as a classic tale of murder in a closed room of an isolated mansion, and all of the eight women become suspects. As the various clues and revealed secrets begin to pile up and become more and more absurd, however, it becomes clear that the mystery is secondary to exploring the various kinds of relationships that exist between these women and the way they have all been affected by their relationships (or lack of relationships) with men, especially the man who has been killed.

The mystery is also secondary to having a good time, which everyone seems to be doing. One of the main strengths of the movie is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. The director and all of the actresses seem to be enjoying themselves so much that a sense of fun radiates throughout the film. Ozon uses laughter and black humor, however, to investigates the pain, rivalry and joy that arise between mothers and daughters, pairs of sisters, sisters-in-law, women servants and their mistresses, and women in love with other women. It's a grand buffet of fine acting and difficult to pick out the best of the bunch - all eight women are wonderful - but Isabelle Huppert steals a number of scenes (hard to do in that company) with the most over the top and unexpected performance. Each woman has great moments, however, sometimes of tenderness, sometimes of hilarious bitchiness, and once in a while, of sudden and intense emotional revelation. The songs that each one sings give a bit of insight to their characters and add to the overall fun of the film, but they also present dramatic challenges to the actresses, and all of them do well in making these musical numbers work.

It's great to see Darrieux again, and she does an excellent job as the matriarch of the clan who seems to be a frail and loving old grandmother at first but then pulls one surprise after another. The funniest bit in the film, a wicked moment of black comedy, involves an argument between her and daughter Gaby (Deneuve) that ends in shocking and unladylike violence. The song chosen for Darrieux to sing at the end, a haunting and poignant piece written by French poet Louis Aragon and the great singer-songwriter Geogre Brassens, pulls the film together emotionally in an unexpected way.

People expecting a straight mystery film may be disappointed in and confused by the film, and the American distributors haven't helped matters any by failing to mention on the back of the video box that 8 Femmes is a musical and a dark comedy as well. But for those viewers who have an open mind and are in the mood for a playful mystery with several great actresses, they should be greatly rewarded.

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