8 Women A snowed-in country house, a man with a knife in his back, and eight women -- from the cheating wife (Deneuve) to the naughty chambermaid… 8 Women A snowed-in country house, a man with a knife in his back, and eight women -- from the cheating wife (Deneuve) to the naughty chambermaid…
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8 WOMEN (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 11, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; With: Emmanuelle Beart, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant and Firmine Richard...; Distributor: Universal Focus

A snowed-in country house, a man with a knife in his back, and eight women -- from the cheating wife (Deneuve) to the naughty chambermaid (Emmanuelle Beart) -- all with motive and opportunity for murder. The most delicious thing about Francois Ozon's Sirk-on-acid whodunit may be that despite a through-the-roof camp factor (by the way, it's also a musical), the actresses inhabit the melodrama rather than just give it a wink. Which makes Deneuve and Ardant's catfight-turned-kiss sorta mind-blowing.

Originally posted Feb 14, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints
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