The Women on the 6th Floor
Philippe Le Guay
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Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini, Potiche, The Girl From Monaco) lives a bourgeois existence with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain, Mademoiselle Chambon) while their children are away at boarding school. The couple’s world is turned upside-down when they hire María, a Spanish maid who introduces Jean-Louis to an alternative reality a few stories up on the sixth floor servants' quarters. Befriending a group of sassy Spanish maids (including Pedro Almódovar’s star Carmen Maura, Volver, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), the women teach him there’s more to life than stocks and bonds, and their influence on the house ultimately transforms everyone’s life.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 65
- Fresh: 43
- Rotten: 22
- Average Rating: 6.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The period detail grounds it and gives us an interesting look into class as it existed in France some 45 years ago.
Fresh: [It] has drama, comedy, romance and class politics. It also introduces an element of ethnic prejudice to the mix.
Fresh: "The Women on the 6th Floor" is a pleasant movie, even-tempered, a romantic fantasy.
Rotten: A sporadically amusing, occasionally off-putting French farce.
A great story about French class structure in the 60's that is superbly cast and told. Well worth watching and very believable portraying the cultural changes taking place at the time.
Very calmingly comical
Nice watching on a day when you feel the french in the air.
Tried my damnedest not to like it
Not since audibly hooting for Chief Bromden in "One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest" 30 years ago as he crashed through the window to his liberation have I so much wanted to see a tragic hero escape his self-imposed imprisonment.
It's no secret to anyone viewing the film other than Jean-Louis that he's suffocating from a life assumed from his accomplished father. I found myself muttering, "Leave her!" "Ravage her!" "Scream at the top of your lungs!"
His altruism and innocence rivals Chauncey Gardener's and almost -- because of his station in life -- crosses the line from endearing to maddening. Yet at the moment the audience is ready to give up on him, he begins his metamorphosis -- not with a bang but a whimper. But even in its muted form, it's wonderful and rewarding to see!
And at the end, as the camera fixes on his face, his subtle expression is a book all by itself.
Understand, I'm a burley man and this is absolutely a chic flick. But man, I loved it!