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The Women on the 6th Floor -- In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Fabrice Luchini ... Jean-Louis Joubert

Sandrine Kiberlain ... Suzanne Joubert

Natalia Verbeke ... María Gonzalez

Carmen Maura ... Concepción Ramirez

Lola Dueñas ... Carmen
Berta Ojea ... Dolores Carbalan
Nuria Solé ... Teresa
Concha Galán ... Pilar
Marie-Armelle Deguy ... Colette de Bergeret
Muriel Solvay ... Nicole de Grandcourt

Audrey Fleurot ... Bettina de Brossolette
Annie Mercier ... Mme Triboulet
Michèle Gleizer ... Germaine Bronech - la vieille bonne bretonne
Camille Gigot ... Bertrand Joubert
Jean-Charles Deval ... Olivier Joubert
Philippe Duquesne ... Gérard, l'employé du traiteur
Christine Vézinet ... Valentine
Jeupeu ... Boulard - le plombier
Vincent Nemeth ... Monsieur Armand
Philippe du Janerand ... Piquer
Patrick Bonnel ... Golmard
Laurent Claret ... Blamond
Thierry Nenez ... Le poissonnier
José Etchelus ... Le prêtre
Jean-Claude Jay ... Pelletier
Joan Massotkleiner ... Fernando
Ivan Martin Salan ... Miguel
Olivia Algazi ... Une Espagnole
Alicia Robledo Fiestas ... Une Espagnole
Patricia Morejon ... Une Espagnole
Raquel Teliet ... Une Espagnole
Charlotte Burnett ... Une Espagnole (as Anne-Charlotte Burnett)
Maria De Goyeneche ... Une Espagnole
Sophie Nicollas ... Une Espagnole

Sophie Piccioto ... Une Espagnole (as Sophie Picciotto)
Victoria Sáez ... Une Espagnole (as Victoria Saez)
Miriam Velazquez Tris ... Une Espagnole
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauriane Escaffre ... La conférencière

Directed by
Philippe Le Guay 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippe Le Guay 
Jérôme Tonnerre 

Produced by
Etienne Comar .... producer
Philippe Rousselet .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jorge Arriagada 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Claude Larrieu 
 
Film Editing by
Monica Coleman 
 
Casting by
Tatiana Vialle 
 
Production Design by
Pierre-François Limbosch 
 
Set Decoration by
Sabine Delouvrier 
Laura Musso 
 
Costume Design by
Christian Gasc 
 
Makeup Department
Amélie Bouilly .... makeup artist
Michèle Constantinides .... key makeup artist
Elisa Costa .... makeup artist
Marthe Faucouit .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Jacques Albert .... production manager
Jacquot Clotilde .... assistant unit manager
Frederic Jupin .... post-production supervisor: Eclair Numérique
David Paté .... additional assistant unit manager
Antoine Théron .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabrielle Hanne .... third assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... assistant director
Dylan Talleux .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Aude-Line Duliere .... second assistant art director
Geraldine Laferte .... assistant set decorator
Jessica Lamarque .... assistant decorator
Cédric Maserati .... props
Thomas Morange .... scenic painter
Christophe Offret .... property master
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Julie Ridremont .... painter
Olivier Wojcik .... painter
 
Sound Department
Emmanuel Croset .... sound re-recording mixer
Jacques Descomps .... sound assistant: auditorium
Vincent Guillon .... supervising sound editor
Grégory Lacroix .... assistant sound
Cyrille Lauwerier .... adr mixer
Vincent Milner .... foley artist
Michel Monier .... dolby consultant
Laurent Poirier .... sound
Hubert Teissedre .... foley recording engineer
Malo Thouément .... sound assistant
Malo Thouément .... sound re-recording boomer
 
Special Effects by
Piotr Styczen .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Olivier Blanchet .... visual effects artist
Jean-Antoine Lacolle .... digital compositor
Arnaud Ortmann .... digital artist
François Poupon .... visual effects artist
Amélie Rey .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Julien Andreetti .... first assistant camera: second unit
Camille de Chenay .... camera trainee
Alexandre Ferrini .... assistant camera
Bertrand Follet .... camera operator
Sarah Gouze .... electrician trainee
Thibault Grabherr .... still photographer
Perrotte Lara .... camera operator
Jean-Marie Leroy .... still photographer
Farès Messaoud .... second assistant camera
Mathieu Poudevigne .... electrician
Xavier Renaudot .... gaffer
Yannick Ressigeac .... first assistant camera
Alexandre Ricco .... grip
Daniel Traini .... generator operator
 
Casting Department
Aurélie Assié Lécroart .... extras casting assistant (as Aurélie Lécroart)
Rosa Estévez .... casting: Spanish actresses (as Rosa Estevez Ramos)
Brigitte Fourcade .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alix Descieux-Read .... wardrobe
Fabienne Margolliet .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Giulia Rodino .... assistant editor
Alex Seery .... digital cinema mastering
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
Mathilde Van de Moortel .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Orchestre Colonne .... music performed by
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Karim Ferrero .... production driver
 
Other crew
Aurélie David .... assistant script
Sylvie Koechlin .... script supervisor
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache
 

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Also Known As:
"Les femmes du 6ème étage" - France (original title)
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102 min | France:104 min
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Opening film and 2011 Audience Award of the 16th COLCOA "A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood" in April 2011.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the street, most (if not all) men wear hats, caps or Basque berets. In France, most men stopped wearing headgear in the 1950s (in cities at least). By 1960, the vast majority of men were hatless.See more »
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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Another good work by a winning duo, 25 May 2011
Author: guy-bellinger (guy.bellinger@wanadoo.fr) from Montigny-lès-Metz, France

Philippe Le Guay and Fabrice Luchini, two names that go together well, are more than ever synonymous with good quality comedy. If you want to have a good time, feel free to see the three films they collaborated on: "L'année Juliette" (1995), in which Luchini makes his life awfully complicated by inventing himself a mistress ; "Le coût de la vie" (2003), where Luchini makes his life ... awfully complicated by being too tight-fisted ; and coming now "Les femmes du 6e étage" (2010), with Luchini in yet another funny role in yet another well- written comedy signed Le Guay.

This time Luchini is Jean-Louis Joubert, a Parisian stockbroker. Like Camille in "L'année Juliette" and Brett in "Le coût de la vie", the character he joyfully slips into is very imperfect and his defects and shortcomings are a sure source of laughter but, unlike in the two former films, Camille will evolve and open up to his true self, making him a more engaging hero than usual. The beginning of the movie illustrates to great effect the imperfect Jean-Louis living his regular but restricted life in his spacious luxury apartment. He is married to a stiff-necked socialite named Suzanne and has two arrogant teenage sons who, being boarders, are currently away from home. The climaxes of his life, besides making money out of thin air, are eating a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg and being bullied by his old Breton maid. But things start changing once Suzanne hires Maria, a charming young Spanish maid. For some reason some day Jean-Louis follows Maria up the stairs to the sixth floor and discovers a "terra incognita", in other words the maid's rooms below the roofs and the strange people who inhabit them, a handful of female Spanish immigrants. Against all odds this reactionary grand bourgeois develops an instant liking for these women and for their civilization. And of course, he will fall for Maria, but not only because she is pretty, mainly because she belongs to the new world he has just discovered.

A feel good movie in a way, "Les femmes du 6e étage" is much more than just that. It is also and none the less a committed film which, although set in the 1960s, denounces evils still plaguing today's society like, for example, the appalling way immigrants are exploited by their employers and ill-thought of by a majority of the natives of their "home" country, the selfishness of tourists who will not know about the political and social situation of the countries where they spend their holidays (1962's Spain can be replaced in the 2000s by Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia and many other countries)... Conversely the film is a call for tolerance and open-mindedness, for listening to one's heart rather than one's interest. But be reassured, this dimension, although crucial, remains underlying. There are no such things as preaching or political slogans, only a fine cocktail of good acting and tender humor. And sincerity. Did you know that for that matter that Philippe Le Guay had a Spanish maid when he was a kid and that his father was a broker just like Jean-Louis? Did you know that the actresses playing the maids are all Spanish and that some of them do not even speak French? That Luchini did not know a word of Spanish before starting the film? All these facts are good points which contribute to a welcome feeling of authenticity that enhances the film.

To come back to Fabrice Luchini, he is at his best in "Les femmes du 6e étage" for two reasons: first because his character is three-dimensional and goes beyond caricature (if Jean-Louis is stiff, haughty and narrow-minded it is because he reproduces the values inculcated in him both by his parents and by his social class, not because he is rotten to the core) ; second because Fabrice shows the necessary restraint quite in keeping with the role. The result is just perfect. And the rest of the cast is on the par with him: Natalia Verbeke, fresh and adorable as Luchini's love interest ; Sandrine Kiberlain, excellent as Luchini's uptight but not so superficial wife ; and the impeccable ensemble of Spanish actresses, including Carmen Maura and Lola Dueñas (two Almodovar fixtures), Berta Ojea, Nuria Solé and Concha Galan, as the servants from Spain. Also to be acclaimed are Annie Mercier as the spiteful janitor and gloomy-faced Philippe du Janerand as Piquer, Luchini's right-hand man.

Intelligent, sensitive and funny, "Les femmes du 6e étage", the third effort of the winning duo Le Guay-Luchini", deserves its success at the box-office and will not disppoint you.

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