Academy Award nominee Catherine Deneuve (The Musketeer), Isabelle Huppert (The Swindle), and Fanny Ardant (Elizabeth) star in this outrageous mystery about a wealthy industrialist who has been found murdered in his home while his family gathers for the holiday season. The house is isolated in a snow storm and the phone lines have been cut. Eight women are his potential murderers: His calculating wife, his two mischievous daughters, his meddling mother-in-law, his neurotic sister-in-law, his sexy sister, the faithful family cook and the sultry new maid. Each woman is a suspect. Each has a motive. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual, and dangerous… One of them is guilty. Which one is it? –Universal
One of the most provocative and vibrant filmmakers to emerge during the 1990s, French director François Ozon has distinguished himself with dark, mordantly psychological films that draw their impact from Ozon’s frank and often disturbing explorations of transgression and sexuality. Combining wry humor, sensitivity, and subversive insight with a talent for manipulation, Ozon has earned comparisons to Hitchcock and Chabrol, directors whose works have provided ample inspiration for the young director as he has staked out his own, impressive territory in the cinema. Born in Paris in 1967, Ozon became interested in filmmaking at a young age. The son of bourgeois intellectuals, he was influenced by such Hollywood-based European directors as Hitchcock, Max Ophuls, and Jean Renoir, and also found great inspiration in the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (one of Fassbinder’s early plays would later inspire Ozon’s Water Drops on Burning Rocks). After earning a master’s degree in cinema, Ozon… read more
I came into this with no expectations and now it's among my favorite films. A beautiful cast, a murder mystery where everyone is a suspect, musical interludes, gorgeous art direction and costumes, and if the men haven't been sold on it yet, Isabelle Huppert's booty and Catherine Deneuve making out with Fanny Ardant!
“Huit Femmes” begins with a close up of flowers and some very Henry Mancini-like music in the opening credits, announcing each and every one of the fabulous eight female leads. Deliberately fake snow… read review