20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie goes camp!
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...
Published on 18 Aug. 2003 by Lesley Flischer
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. Not something I'd watch twice but an "experience".
Published 20 months ago by Miss S. E. Brown
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie goes camp!,
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!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very silly, great fun,
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?
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars silly but highly entertainig,
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.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappointed! Terrific technicolor in French whodunnit,
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!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'est Magnifique!!,
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer joy,
I love this film, mainly because it has fantastic roles filled with beautiful and brilliant actresses.
Yes, it is pretty silly and it is like a Gallic spoof of Cluedo but just suspend your cynicism, kick off the slingbacks and get wrapped up in the fun.
It is the kind of film that you don't get from Hollywood, apart from the fact it has roles for "women of a certain age" it also lacks the big screen wizardry that disguises the woeful lack of plot that seems to be part and parcel of so much multiplex fodder.
In short it is witty, sexy, silly, funny and all together brilliant.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly enjoyable, and a surprise!,
Well this film surprised me at every turn! Whilst the cover blurb describes a ‘Cluedo’ style film, set around 8 ladies (family and staff) and the murder of the father, all trapped in a snow bound house, what it doesn’t tell you is that it is… a musical / comedy, and a bizarre one at that. Yes, it is very ‘Cluedo-like’, the family knows one of the women in the house has to be the killer, and as the film continues, each has secrets that are revealed, all seeming to have a reason to kill the man of the house. So ‘who-dunnit’? Every now and then, each one of the ladies breaks into a little song and dance routine, to be honest, all of which are describes their characters or situations, and what I particularly loved, was that in most musicals, the fact that someone just burst into song is ignored. Not here, they gather round and give a round of applause after! There is a nice twist at the end to look forward to.
This film looks stunning, the use of colour and the ladies outfits are stunning, the performances are excellent (especially Deneuve and Ardant), and the film is truly enjoyable and very funny. The only criticism is that the songs are quite weak, and the dance routines, ‘minimal’ though this doesn’t detract from the film, as they are still enjoyable and ‘cute’. The extras are adequate.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Random but original,
This review is from: 8 Women [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
I went to see this film not knowing anything about it, not even that it had numerous musical numbers or more to the point, that it was french! But i found the film so enjoyable. The film basically consists of 8 women from the same family(bar the maid) trying to discover who had killed the main man. The storyline is pure fantasy, the songs bizarre but completely in keeping with the films theme and i defy anyone not to get engrossed with the story. And with an unexpected twist at the end, this is a true original of a "who did it" film. Highly recommended.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic- Ignore the criticisms,
I dont usually do reviews on films, but after reading reviews for this one, i felt i had to! Please let me make it clear, this film cannot be taken seriously and if you are looking for a film with fantastic songs which beat classics like singin in the rain, or your looking for a dark thought provoking thriller then you are WATCHING THE WRONG MOVIE!!
It is simply a chance for France's leading actresses to get on the stage and have some fun!! Every woman in this movie is gorgeous-particularly Isabelle Huppert as the nerdy aunt and the abrupt and random bursting into song, the quick witty dialogue and the dramatic out burst of each characters secrets is enough to keep you laughing throughout.
Watch this film, it is absolutely fab, and i loved every minute of it. But as i said before do not watch it if u want something which will beat all musicals, or all thrillers or all comedies. It is completely uncategorizable and is unique in every way.
Thankyou France! Another great film!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 stars,
I saw it first time when I was ill and very depressed but this film made me laugh thought beginning to end.
I think that this movie is a kind of classic like its storyline. A murder, lots of questioning but I won't kill the point...
It's worth seeing the film at least for Catherine Deneuve, she is a real actress one of the best!!
Buy and enjoy the film!!
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8 Women [DVD] by François Ozon (DVD - 2008)