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8 Women [DVD] [2002]

Fanny Ardant , Emmanuelle Béart , François Ozon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert
  • Directors: François Ozon
  • Writers: François Ozon, Marina de Van, Robert Thomas
  • Producers: Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc, Stéphane Célérier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBI2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,499 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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At the end of the 1950s, in a large bourgeois residence in the middle of the countryside, Christmas preparations are under way. But a drama unfolds … the master of the house is assassinated … eight women close to the victim are present and one of them is clearly guilty of the crime … which one? Directed by Francois Ozon (Under the Sand), 8 Women is the must-have comedic murder mystery to rival Gosford Park, starring a dazzling ensemble cast of cinema icons.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie goes camp! 18 Aug 2003
This is a deliciously filmed, high camp and tongues thrust firmly into cheeks murder-mystery 'whodunnit'. Think classic Agatha Christie plot mixed in with The Rocky Horror Show and you're getting close. You've got a house deep in the French countryside with no communication with the outside world, enough snow to prevent anyone from coming or going, a corpse, and eight women, all of whom it transpires had a motive for murder. Throw in an all singing all dancing number for each of the women, Catherine Deneuve and Fanny Ardent looking edibly gorgeous throughout, and a most satisfying twist of the plot right at the end, and you have one of last year's best films!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars silly but highly entertainig 16 Jan 2004
This is a charming movie coming from France and which gives you the great opportunity to see 3 generations of beautiful leading ladies of the French cinema like Darieux,Deneuve,Beart,Huppert,Ardant,Sagnier .
This movie is done in the classical style,actualyy loking like a coloured movie from the 50's.All the action takes place in the family mansion which is separated from the outside world by a snow storm.The father is found murdered,with all the 8 women who sorround him beeing suspects.
I have to warn the viewers that this is also a musical film with the ladies bursting unexpectedly into singing.Although it's very charming,some might find the idea less atracting.
In conclusion a silly mix of mistery ,comedy and music which is highly entertaining.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very silly, great fun 17 April 2006
Curiously, I agree with all of the varying reviews below. From plot to setting to costume to all eight characters, it's as if this film deliberately sets out to gorge itself on cliche. Finding themselves in a film that cannot be taken seriously, the cast throws caution to the wind and just goes for it. The result is a joy. It's almost like watching a football friendly where all the pressure is off so the players just set out to entertain.

Each actress knowingly sends herself up, Emmanuelle Beart in particular playing exactly the stereotype that others have thrust upon her. Strangely, of all the cast it is Catherine Deneuve who looks a little lost from time to time, but let's not split hairs - the interaction between the women is wonderful to watch and the dialogue absolutely scintillates. It is worth buying this film just for Isabelle Huppert's brilliant depiction of the repressed, acidic aunt. I really think she gives one of the great comic performances of all time here and, for me, absolutely steals the film.

The musical interludes are a mixed bag, ranging from the cringeworthy to the moving (I thought Firmine Richard's lament in particular was rather beautiful).

Had the dialogue and wit been less polished, and had the actresses not gone at the script with gusto, this film could have

been a stinker, but instead it looks great, it's regularly laugh-out-loud funny and is, quite simply, fun. With its gathering of the leading female lights of French cinema, plus the presence of the rising star of Ludwine Sagnier, one gets the feeling that this is a film that will, despite its many flaws, endure.

My only criticism of the DVD was having American English subtitles embedded into the picture - you can't turn them off. Is it really beyond the wit and budget of a film company to have British English subtitles on DVDs sold in Britain?
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Watch out for Francois Ozon, the director of this brilliant film. I've seen most of his earlier films and have never been disappointed! 8 Women is typical of his film making style, a slightly skewed view of a familiar genre. Set in a country house during twenty four hours, one Christmas, the film focuses on the emerging secrets of a group of women. And there's a dead body! The whodunnit is a red herring here, providing Ozon with a familiar form to play around with. By the end of the film it doesn't really matter who did it (and there's a twist), you just enjoy the eight excellent actresses bouncing off each other.
And what actresses there are; Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Beart are perhaps the best known for English audiences but the others are equally excellent. Add to this musical numbers from each of them (to be honest not the strong point of the film), wondereful costumes and a general glowing technicolor straight out of fifties movies and you're guaranteed a terrific 106 minutes!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'est Magnifique!! 20 Aug 2003
I do not watch french films a great deal, and I was not looking forward to a trip to the cinema to see this one...but encouraged by a friend, I forgot about those dreadful black and white 60's films that they were prone to showing on Channel 4 and made a special effort.
To say that I was rewarded for this would be an understatement. The first thing you notice is the opulent colour that suffuses every scene. You will also notice how much this looks as though it is a filmed play, and this is quite deliberate as it is also framed to look as though you are viewing it on a proscenium arch stage. The single set re-inforces this idea, as does some of the melodramatic moments throughout the film. This is an excellent device that helps the mood as opposed to detracting from it.
The film itself is a whodunnit set in 1950's France, in fact at first it seems as though this is stright from the pages of an Agatha Christie novel, with 8 women trapped by the snow in a large mansion house and one dead body. In turn each of the women are accused allowing them a moment in the spotlight so they can (rather unsettlingly at first) burst into a song, putting out of your mind any references of the first lady of crime novels. This feels like a tribute to those light musical comedies that simply don't get made anymore,and though some of the jokes here can be lost in the translation, even with my schoolboy french I was able to fully enjoy the humour.
This is colourful, refreshing, playful and utterly charming.
Do not hesitate to add this to your collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
OK On time
Published 2 months ago by Faraday
5.0 out of 5 stars visually stunning
The story as we say in French is bof...
The costumes the beauty and the pace are all fantastic.
The stand out performances are Deneuve, Ardant, and the sexy Beart!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mounia
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this film
Loved this film!
I would recommend to all.
I just hope it doesn't get remade in Hollywood.

An British version might not be too bad though
Published 4 months ago by terry
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
The plot is deliberately designed to make sure the spectator does not guess the identity of the killer,
with the result that it is contrived, silly and rather boring. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Denise E. Hadley
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual whodunit!
Excellent cast and a well scripted movie enable well acted film.You should enjoy this tongue in cheek offering and when they break into song, unexpected as is the suspense in this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rainbowchaser
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgetable
A funny satire that takes a pot at both Christie's ludicrously implausible plots and the superficial gloss and unreal world of American soaps. Read more
Published 12 months ago by dupris56
3.0 out of 5 stars Utterly bizarre but worth a view
Camp as Christmas, a mixture of Agatha Christie and La Cage aux Folles. Open up a bottle of wine, leave your brain at the door, get a few mates around and marvel at the weirdness. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Miss S. E. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars fine product, quickly delivered.
I received my package in tip top condition and it is among my best buys of all time, thank you.
Published 14 months ago by mary hetherington
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
What sort of film 8 Women is depends on whom you ask. Some may call it a whodunit, some may call it melodrama and yet others may call it a postmodern who's-who. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Atli Hafsteinsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, but fun!
Saw this film years ago, but found it great fun to watch. Strange dynamic between the charcters, but a good story.
Published 19 months ago by Ullis
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