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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!

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François Ozon

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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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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.


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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Virginie Ledoyen, who played the pregnant character Suzon, actually was pregnant. Danielle Darrieux made a joke about that saying "Actually it was 'neuf femmes' and not huit". See more »

Quotes

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

References Imitation of Life (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Papa t'es plus dans le coup
(Papa, you're behind the times)
Music and Lyrics by Jan & Jacques Plait
Sung by Ludivine Sagnier
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8 Women: 8 facets of womanhood which drive men crazy...
8 February 2002 | by davidguySee all my reviews

Francois Ozon is a daring director who never leaves the audience indifferent... 8 Women can be seen as a mysoginist view of womanhood from the viewpoint of a gay director... However I for one saw this movie as great entertainment and excellent showpiece for France's leading screen divas.

8 Woman is a whodunnit not so far from Agatha Christie's 10 Petits Negres: 8 women each have enough reasons to kill the father, in-law, brother and master of the house. Of course I will not tell who killed the man and why, but it is not so important after all. Because 8 Women is first and foremost about womanhood: all facets of the woman exposed through the revelations, attitudes, manipulations of 8 different women: the girl, the blossoming young lady (Ledoyen), the femme fatale (fabulous Ardant), the femme repressed (hilarious Huppert), the bourgeoise (Deneuve), the old stepmother, the lesbian, the sexual and sexy maid (Beart).

This film is all about the cast performance. All women have their sing-a-song moment very apropos and funny. All actors deliver stunningly, especially Ardant, Deneuve and Beart. It is very lighthearted despite the somber revelations: bright colours, golden 50's nostalgic atmosphere, nice pop tunes with fun choreography.

It is great to see that French directors love their actresses whatever their age... Hollywood learn from this, we don't care much about Pamela Anderson or Jennifer Lopez-like babes... Honestly as a young French guy, the 50-something Fanny Ardant is the one who turned me on the most!

Wholeheartedly, 9.5/10


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