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8 femmes (2002)

One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be 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!

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (screenplay), François Ozon (adaptation) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Virginie Ledoyen ... Suzon
Danielle Darrieux ... Mamy
Firmine Richard ... Madame Chanel
Catherine Deneuve ... Gaby
Emmanuelle Béart ... Louise
Isabelle Huppert ... Augustine
Ludivine Sagnier ... Catherine
Fanny Ardant ... Pierrette
Dominique Lamure Dominique Lamure ... Marcel, the husband
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 mujeres See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$999,349 (France), 25 January 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,460, 22 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,076,425, 15 December 2002
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Pierrette and Gaby roll on the floor and, after struggling violently, ended up starring a lesbian kiss, they who are kissing each other are actually Fanny Ardant and Catherine Deneuve, two fetish actresses for François Truffaut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[in French, using English subtitles]
Suzon: I'm going in, Mom.
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Connections

Version of A gyilkos köztünk van (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Mon Amour, mon Ami
Music by André Popp
Lyrics by Eddy Marnay
Sung by Virginie Ledoyen
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To be seen on multiple levels - the more, the better
13 July 2003 | by xavier-2See all my reviews

Beneath the plot, the acting and the singing, the movie is even more enjoyable with some references. (1) While combinations of actresses of that caliber are almost unheard of anywhere, the older actresses have intersected before - and mock their prior common roles. In particular, Darrieux played Deneuve's mother twice before; Darrieux' role as the mother in Demoiselles de Rochefort, Les (1967) parallels that played by Deneuve here. (2) The actresses each mock one of their own mannerisms and/or that of one of the other actresses. For instance, Ledoyen imitates the hand movements typical of Deneuve in the 1960s and 1970s. Look also for the pairs matched in the back-to-back dance near the end - more clues! (3) Each actress also imitates one famous star or style of American cinema of the era (that is, the 1940s-1960s). Most obviously, Béart imitates Jeanne Moreau in Journal d'une femme de chambre, Le (1964) and Ardant imitates Rita Hayworth (e.g., Gilda (1946)). (4) The linchpin between these actresses, via various directors, is Romy Schneider. The picture that Deneuve picks up from Béart's apron is Schneider's. Basically, you may enjoy the film (or not) on the first degree, but for better or for worse, it is full of references. The good news, for cinephiles, is that the references are a lot broader and a fair bit more subtle than the typical Hollywood-to-Hollywood, Cinecita-to-Cinecita or Hong Kong-to-Hong Kong navel gazing.


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