The box office sensation
8 Women that won a Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival
is finally here on DVD that is easily one of the most entertaining films from
Europe that I have seen in a long time. 8 Women is an intriguingly funny
French movie that features some of the best French actresses in this quirky
comedic who-done-it movie. The movie is set in an isolated mansion in the
France where a family meets every holiday season for a gathering but
unfortunately this reunion will be anything than a celebration. When
successful businessman Marcel (Dominique Lamure) is found murdered one
morning, his closest family members and personal staff are the prime suspects
of his untimely death.
The suspects are wide and varied and include his mysterious wife Gaby
(Catherine Deneuve), daughters Suzon (Virginie Ledoyen) and Catherine (Ludivine
Sagnier), sister Pierette (Fanny Ardent), mother-in-law Mamy (Danielle
Darrieux), sister-in-law Augustine (Isabelle Huppert), cook Chanel (Firmine
Richard) and the sexy maid Louise (Emmanuelle Beart). This strange European
comedy is a cross between a 1950's who-done-it meets Moulin Rouge as secrets
are discovered, catfights start and all the actresses join together to sing
some French pop. Although the movie is in French, it is still quite
entertaining to watch and the actors perform some great performances that are
extremely funny and moving.
The DVD quality of this movie is quite superior, image quality is extremely
sharp and the colours are bright and vibrant without any errors whatsoever.
The audio quality (although in French) sounds clear and audible and supports
Dolby Digital 5.1 that really makes use of the excellent soundtrack of this
movie. The unfortunate aspect of this movie is the lack of DVD extras but
still boasts "scene selection" (This is NOT a DVD extra) and the
original theatrical trailer.
In conclusion 8 women (8 femmes) is a delightful French movie that takes the
best aspects of Hollywood and creates its own unusual version of a Hollywood
musical murder mystery. With some brilliant performances, especially those by
Emmanuelle Beart and Danielle Darrieux, 8 women will have you not only
engrossed in the movie but also bopping along to the musical scores. Strictly
for those that enjoy something more than Hollywood on their DVD diets.
- Special Features -
- Dolby Digital 5.1
- 1.85:1 Letterbox
- 106 minutes