Iain Gray Freelance Writer

8 Women - Review

Astringent French director François Ozon assembled an unparalleled cast of Gallic glamour – including Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Béart – for his endearing, eccentric musical murder mystery from 2002.

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The patriarch of a large family is murdered, and one of the many women in his life is responsible. When a blizzard confines the suspects to his secluded country house, lies, jealousies, secrets and desires tear open the idyllic façade.

And as the plot thickens into a hysterical, melodramatic bisque, revelation follows startling revelation, the tone becomes increasingly menacing and Béart’s hypnotic pout and pneumatic breasts threaten to steal every scene.

Bizarre, hilarious, determinedly erotic – and unmistakeably French.


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