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Les femmes du 6e étage (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 October 2011 (USA)
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In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.

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Philippe Le Guay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... Jean-Louis Joubert
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Suzanne Joubert
Natalia Verbeke ... María Gonzalez
Carmen Maura ... Concepción Ramirez
Lola Dueñas ... Carmen
Berta Ojea Berta Ojea ... Dolores Carbalan
Nuria Solé Nuria Solé ... Teresa
Concha Galán Concha Galán ... Pilar
Marie-Armelle Deguy Marie-Armelle Deguy ... Colette de Bergeret
Muriel Solvay Muriel Solvay ... Nicole de Grandcourt
Audrey Fleurot ... Bettina de Brossolette
Annie Mercier Annie Mercier ... Mme Triboulet
Michèle Gleizer Michèle Gleizer ... Germaine Bronech - la vieille bonne bretonne
Camille Gigot Camille Gigot ... Bertrand Joubert
Jean-Charles Deval Jean-Charles Deval ... Olivier Joubert
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Paris, in the early 1960s. Jean-Louis Joubert is a serious but uptight stockbroker, married to Suzanne, a starchy class-conscious woman and father of two arrogant teenage boys, currently in a boarding school. The affluent man lives a steady yet boring life. At least until, due to fortuitous circumstances, Maria, the charming new maid at the service of Jean-Louis' family, makes him discover the servants' quarter on the sixth floor of the luxury building he owns and lives in. There live a crowd of lively Spanish maids who will help Jean-Louis to open to a new civilization and a new approach of life. In their company - and more precisely in the company of beautiful Maria - Jean-Louis will gradually become another man, a better man. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

7 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las mujeres del 6° piso See more »

Filming Locations:

Chinchón, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,636, 9 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$719,601, 24 June 2012
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Philippe Le Guay took inspiration from his own childhood. His father was a stockbroker like Jean-Louis Joubert in the film and he himself had a Spanish maid. See more »

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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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Doce cascabeles
(Cabello (as B. Cabello) - Juan Solano (as J. Solano) / Freire (as G. Freire))
© Unión Musical Editores, S.L.
Avec l'autorisation de Universal Music Vision
(P) Vandome Production 2010
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Exactly the kind of film you need to see in order to keep sane...
19 March 2011 | by ingelaallardSee all my reviews

A great review by Robert Beames (coulden't have done it better myself!!) It has been given the more toner-friendly English language title of Service Entrance, but comic French drama Les Femmes Du 6eme Etage translates literally as The Women on the 6th Floor. Shown out of competition in Berlin, the film was very warmly received thanks in part to the performances of its sweet and amiable leading man, Fabrice Luchini, and its beautiful Spanish leading lady played by Natalia Verbeke. These actors combine with the film's leisurely pacing and entertaining scenario to ensure that it is a winsome and inoffensive crowd-pleaser.

The film, set in the 1960s, follows a wealthy, middle-aged Parisian stockbroker named Jean-Louis (Luchini) whose long-standing maid quits following a row with his demanding wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain). Unable to clean up after themselves, the couple desperately need a new maid. But when Suzanne's high society friends insist French maids aren't the done thing anymore, she enlists the help of Maria (Natalia Verbeke), a feisty, young Spanish immigrant. Jean-Louis forms an instant and obsessive attraction to her and to all things Spanish, soon striking up unlikely friendships with all the Spanish ladies who live in the servant's quarters above his home – a place he knows nothing about despite living in the building his entire life. Worlds collide and good-natured japes ensue as he helps each lady adjust to life in France whilst himself inheriting a new found love of life.

I don't think it's necessarily a coincidence that both the more shamelessly enjoyable films I've seen here up to now have been broad comedies about cultural difference and histories of mass immigration – with Almanya looking at German-Turks and Service Entrance exploring the relationship, and the comedy that comes of misunderstanding, between the French and their Spanish workforce. Immigration is still a political hot potato issue in these countries, as it remains in much of Europe, and maybe light-hearted comedy is seen as the best way to preach tolerance, reaching a bigger audience than earnest polemic. In mocking bigotry and by setting it in the past (as an old fashioned attitude) perhaps it is felt that people might be less inclined to identify with those views.

In any case both films are funny and have their hearts firmly in the right place. This French offering is gentler and less ballsy than it's Turkish-German counterpart, but no less enjoyable. The character of Jean-Louis is incredibly easy to like, being child-like in his enthusiasm for his new-found interest in Spain. The character of Suzanne is also refreshingly balanced and nuanced. She'd usually be a two-dimensional figure we would be encouraged to dislike in order to make it permissible for Jean-Louis to consider romance with Maria and yet the film doesn't go down that route: she can be annoying and insensitive but she isn't a nasty person. Maria and the other Spanish ladies are also a joy to watch as they interact with one another and fuss over cheerful little Jean-Louis.

Service Entrance is the filmic equivalent of a soufflé and certainly not a tough watch typical of the standard festival fare. Indeed it falls into the dubious realm of the "feel good" movie. But sandwiched, as it is here, between two-hour long Shakespeare adaptations, Bela Tarr movies, Argentinian slow cinema and films about nuclear disasters, it is exactly the kind of film you need to see in order to keep sane. It is difficult to say whether wider criticism in France will be anything like as positive when removed from this context on theatrical release, but here it offered exactly what was needed and nobody appreciated that more than I.


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