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8 Women
Focus Features

An ex-boyfriend once accused me of only liking movies about French lesbians, and while my taste in movies is, in actuality, quite vast, this does prove that French lesbians, how do you say, have a certain, je ne sais quoi. The casting for this movie is truly genious. 8 Women (8 Femmes) truly has it all: all of my favorite French actresses, together in one house, cat fighting, spewing out cheeky one-liners, and getting it on on the livingroom floor. Nothing bad about that. Les 8 Femmes charmantes: Catherine Deneuve (Belle de Jour, The Hunger, Les Parapluies De Cherbourg) playing a rich and bitter widow, Fanny Ardant (Elizabeth, Ridicule) as the unapologetic trollup, Virginie Leyoden (The Beach) as a pixie-ish goodie two-shoes with really pointy boobs, Isabelle Huppert (Madame Bovary, Entre Nous) as a pinch-faced and pissy old spinster, Ludevigne Sagnier (Swimming Pool) as a classic teenage tomboy, Emanuelle Beart as the bombshell, Danielle Darrieux as the old bat, and Firmine Richard as the loyal lesbian maid.

It's a murder mystery/musical with all the charm of a 1950's Hollywood classic. Each player is chock full of soap-opera worthy secrets. And the clothes, c'est fantastique! But the best part about 8 Women is that it doesn't take itself seriously for a moment - it knows exactly what kind of film it wants to be: Great French American cheese. C'est yummy!

  -- Rebecca Zaretsky

 

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