- Tuesday, Mar. 13: The Women on the 6th Floor
(Les femmes du 6ème étage) (French Film Series)
2011. Dir. Phillipe Le Guay. Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, and
Natalia Verbeke. 104 mins. in French w/English subtitles.
- Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a staid, bourgeois
existence absorbed in his work, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic
socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The
couple’s world is turned upside-down when they hire a Spanish maid named Maria.
Through Maria, Jean-Louis is introduced to an alternative reality just a few
floors up on the building’s sixth floor, the servants’ quarters. He befriends a
group of sassy Spanish maids, refugees of the Franco regime, who teach him
there’s more to life than stocks and bonds. The women’s influence on the house
brings change… muy rápido!
- "The French...have been making funny and
agreeable movie farces for forever, and seeing The Women on the 6th Floor
makes you hope they’ll never stop. While American mass-audience comedies stride
fearlessly toward the scatological, the French continue to go the old-fashioned
route. They rely on clever writing, brisk direction and, most of all, a long
tradition of comic performance that values impeccable timing and flawless
acting from top to bottom." Kenneth
Turan, Los Angeles Times
- Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of France in New
Orleans and the Department of French at Centenary College of Louisiana