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Ladies Room (1999)

Women wait in an ethereal room, perhaps dead in a Purgatory. The relationships between pairs of younger and older women take surprising turns as they watch the last few days of their lives on a TV screen.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Parker ... Julia
Veronica Ferres ... Lauren
Lorraine Bracco ... Gemma
Greta Scacchi ... Lucia
John Malkovich ... Roberto
Alan Fawcett Alan Fawcett ... Bill (as Allan Fawcett)
Dorothée Berryman ... Bag Lady
Steve Bratzlaff Steve Bratzlaff ... Filippo
John Glasspoole John Glasspoole ... Adam
Linda E. Smith Linda E. Smith ... Kelly (as Linda T. Smith)
Yahsmin Daviault ... Bree
Anne Dryburgh Anne Dryburgh ... Wig (as Anne Dryburg)
Genevieve DuPaul Genevieve DuPaul ... Dancer Student #4
Julien Irwin Dupuy Julien Irwin Dupuy ... Young Boy
Gillian Ferrabee Gillian Ferrabee ... Luella (as Gillian Ferra Bee)


In an ethereal, high-ceilinged room, women stand, waiting. Perhaps it's Purgatory and they're dead. In the room, two young women, one an actress and the other a psychologist, watch the last few days of their lives on a TV screen. Both are having affairs with married men, each has a long encounter with her lover's wife, and both these scenes take place in a ladies' room, one backstage at a play that's about to preview, the other at an opera house during the first act. The relationships between each pair of younger and older women take surprising turns, and in the room with the TV, a sylph asks probing and challenging questions of the two young women as they watch. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Inspired by Bellini's opera "Beatrice Di Tenda." See more »


Lauren: I didn't know you were pregnant
Lucia: [Pointing to stomach] What do you think this is? A cushion?
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Beatrice di Tenda
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
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Witty and unusual
18 September 2005 | by howie73See all my reviews

This is an off-beat yet charming feminist comedy with a deft dialogue and great photography. The cast is top-notch, in particular Lorraine Bracco and Molly Parker. However John Malkovich's unconvincing turn as Italian Lothario Roberto is both funny and embarrassing but you wonder if that was the intention in this slyly witty Italian production set in Montreal. The conceit of the ladies room is handled well and becomes the centrepoint for anxiety and female companionship. This is, in effect, a celebration of female solidarity in a very surreal, Italian way with a quirky Canadian twist. It's not for everyone's taste but it's better than most films that call themselves comedy today. Expect the unexpected.

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Release Date:

30 November 1999 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Dolby Digital


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