8 Women

Synopsis: One morning at an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season. But there will be no celebration at all because their beloved patriarch has been murdered! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Was it his powerful wife? His spinster sister-in-law? His miserly mother-in-law? Maybe the insolent chambermaid or the loyal housekeeper? Could it possibly have been one of his two young daughters? A surprise visit from the victim's chic sister sends the household into a tizzy, encouraging hysterics, exacerbating rivalries, and encompassing musical interludes. Comedic situations arise with the revelations of dark family secrets. Seduction dances with betrayal. The mystery of the female psyche is revealed. There are eight women and each is a suspect. Each has a motive. Each has a secret. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual, and dangerous...one of them is guilty. Which one is it?
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Director(s): François Ozon
Production: USA Films
  11 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

I'm going in, mam.


Suzon! My granddaughter.

Were you sleeping?|-No, just resting.

I'm happy to see you at Christmas.|-So am I.

How are your legs?|-Every day it's different.

Being old is horrible.

The pain is not the worst thing.|It's being dependent on others,

being a nuisance.

Don't say that.|You know we love you.

As a family you care for each other.

Dear Suzon!

Chanel!|-You are here.

Fat Chanel!|-As fat as ever.

The weather is awful.|-How nice to see Suzon again!

Isn't she looking nice?

Fit for marriage.|-I think so too.

The sooner the better!|-Your father will be happy to see you.

Does he know already?|-He didn't want anyone to wake him.

What? Daddy is still sleeping?

He has been working in|his room all night.

I'm so happy to be home.|This wonderful house.

Your old house!

All that snow makes me|think we are in Siberia.

It's terribly annoying.

Luckily we have a telephone|and a car.

Meet Louise, our new chambermaid.

Hello, Louise.|-Hello, miss.

Had a nice journey?|-Yes, thank you. Except for that snow.

Shall I wake your husband?

No not for while...|-Can I?

No, better leave him.|He didn't want anyone to wake him.

Will there be anything else?

No, thank you, Louise.

Where is that girl from?

From around here, I believe.

She's great! I'm very lucky to have found her.

And she's willing to stay here for the|entire winter. We were lucky.

Aunt Augustine!|You look tired. How are you?

Same as ever.|This taricardia is killing me.

It's tachycardia, aunt...|-Oh well...

It's freezing with all this snow.|Are you back already?

You were kicked out of school?

No, I've come home for Christmas.|I'm getting good grades.

Yes, your mother showed them.|But grades can be forged.

That wasn't very nice.

Can't I ask my niece if she |is trying her best?

Of course you can.|Everything is going fine.

At least someone is happy.|-Are you talking about me?

I'm merely saying my daughter is happy.|-Is that all?

Girls girls, quit it!|Augustine, you are exagerating.

We have nothing to complain.|Gaby has always cared for us.

Not the same as our own home,|but it's thanks to her...

No it's not!|It's thanks to your father, Suzon.

He respected your old and,|sick grandmother...

and a woman of virtue, just like me.

Thanks to Marcel...|-Thanks to both of us, of course.

Don't be so bitter.

You know we love you.|You're not being nice.

Members of a family support each other|regardless of all their imperfections.

Coffee's here.

Ah! Warm brioches!|And I always get toast.

Everyone does, juffrouw Augustine.

Those brioches are my welcome present|for Suzon.

Take one.|-Thanks. I love them.

I have some chocolate in my room.|Tastes even better together.

We must indulge her.|Augustine is like a child.

Nice of your mother|to tolerate her moods.

You call that 'moods'.|I call it rudeness.

But Marcel tolerates her...

Daddy is admirable,|and tolerance is a rare virtue.

Very true. And he's always|in a good mood.

Even now business is not going so well.|-Oh, really?

You know more about|his worries than me.

I stay out of it,|and I like to keep it that way.

I have my problems and|he has his.

A while ago I asked some advice about|selling some of my shares and he said...

You sold your shares?|-No.

He advised me to wait.

Yes, keep them. You never know.

Guess who?|-Catherine!

Little Catherine!

Watch out for my legs.|-Sorry, Mamy.

She's so full of energy.

You rather have her|become like aunt Augustine?

You got a present for me?

English chocolates.|-How original.

Don't 16-year-olds love those?|-I'm almost 17.

You'll always be my little sister.

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François Ozon

François Ozon (French: [fʁɑ̃.swa o.zɔ̃]; born 15 November 1967) is a French film director and screenwriter whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. He has achieved international acclaim for his films 8 femmes (2002) and Swimming Pool (2003). Ozon is considered to be one of the most important French film directors in the new "New Wave" in French cinema such as Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Philippe Ramos, and Yves Caumon, as well as a group of French filmmakers associated with a "cinema du corps/cinema of the body". more…

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