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Women on the 6th Floor

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Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a 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 María. Through María, 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, and whose influence on the house will ultimately transform everyone s life.

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One of the year's best! --Jeffrey Lyons, Lyons Den Radio

Funny! A pleasure! --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

I laughed... a lot! I give it a thumbs up! --Christy Lemire, Ebert Presents

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  • Actors: Carmen Maura, Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain
  • Directors: Philippe Le Guay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0069UV0AY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Britt on July 28, 2013
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This movie made me cry. It reminds me of how little joy I have in my life. The Spanish maids were so vibrant and alive, their love for one another obvious and pure. The enthusiasm they had for life was infectious and overwhelmingly beautiful. We all need a group of loving friends to dance and sing with and enjoy a delicious paella with fine wine. Life was not meant to be dull and routine. Too many of us live in isolation, entertained by gadgets like computers, televisions, and cell phones, never experiencing the joy of real friendship. I want to be like the Spanish maids and actually FEEL.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2012
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THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR (Les femmes du 6ème étage) is a delightful bit of French pastiche that entertains while it also provides insight into several problems - immigration, class distinction, rich controlling poor, and the polar extremes of between the wealth and the working class. Fortunately the story as written by Jérôme Tonnerre and writer/director Philippe Le Guay takes place in the 1960s, offering the audience to glance back at period when social reforms were in the gestational phase and in doing so the film allows the comedy to reign - a fact that makes the reality eventually more poignant.

The story takes place in Paris in 1963 in an elegant neighborhood where Jean-Louis Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) is a serious but uptight stockbroker, married to Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain), a starchy class-conscious woman and father of two arrogant teenage boys, (Camille Gigot and Jean-Charles Deval) currently in a boarding school. Jean-Louis lives a steady yet boring life while Suanne busies herself with luncheon appointments, hair appointments, charities, etc. Jean-Louis' mother had been living with the Jouberts until her recent death and now Suzanne forces Jean-Louis to move all of the deceased woman's things to the attic on the 6th floor, an act that infuriates the longtime French maid Germaine (Michèle Gleizer) who leaves the household in disgust. Naturally everything deteriorates an Suzanne must find a new maid. She encounters Maria (Natalia Verbeke) recently immigrated from Spain, offers her a trial employment, and Maria, who becomes friends with the group of maids who live in the disgusting squalor of the 6th floor of the building: naturally these Spanish maids bond and help Maria bring the Joubert household to a state of perfection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 27, 2013
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Set in Paris in the 1960's this is the story of one of those beautiful French town buildings that house a microcosm of society. Jean-Louis Joubert (Fabrice Lucine) is a middle aged stock broker married to Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain), they have settled into a life of domestic existence masked by their upper middle class sensibilities. Then their maid of over twenty years has a falling out and leaves. Well apparently the latest must have for women in Suzanne's position is a Spanish maid.

So Suzanne sets off and recruits Maria who is just off the bus from Spain and she is put to the test and after realizing that Mousier Joubert likes a perfect 3 ½ minute boiled egg she starts to work her way into the affections of the couple. The thing is she actually lives in the same building up in the gods on the sixth floor. This is a place at complete odds with the luxurious apartment where she works. They have no hot water, no washing facilities, no refrigeration and no heat and all live in squalid little bed rooms oh and the toilet is blocked. However despite this and the long hours they all work they are always happy and over flowing with love for one another. Oh yes the children of the not so loving couple, are in boarding school but return full of the arrogance that only privilege can bring.

As events take their turn it soon dawns on Jean-Louis that he prefers the company of the Spanish maids and what he had always thought important might not be as he suddenly realises he may have been getting his priorities wrong all along.

This is a joyous film, full of unexpected humour and touching moments all mixed in with the not so nice bits of life. It is just a pleasure from start to finish and it is very hard to say why without doing a real plot spoiler.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunita Anne Abraham on June 24, 2014
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In French and Spanish, with English subtitles, this film depicts the burgeoning friendship between French stock-broker, Monsieur Jean-Louis Joubert and a group of Spanish cleaning ladies who live on the top floor of his apartment building. I found the film wonderfully life-affirming...watching the transformation of Jean-Louis as he befriends these women, and starts to help them in various practical ways. Love thy neighbour with skin on! Jean-Louis' wife and sons provide wonderful comic relief with their laugh-out-loud statements and worldview. Set in 1960s Paris, this delightful social comedy will leave you smiling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on January 2, 2014
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During 1962, Life in Paris is getting very predictable, complacent, and altogether lacking for middle-aged Jean-Louis Joubert (Fabrice Luchini). He lives along with his country woman turned socialite wife, Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain), has two haughty sons off in boarding school, goes to work each day as a stockbroker, but is just existing in his white collared orderly routine. Their petulant maid, Germaine, is having daily falling-outs with his wife since Jean's mother passed away. It has been nothing but constant friction as she blames Suzanne for being the one who actually did the woman in; intentionally. Without warning, she packs up her belongings and scornfully quits to the tune of the cantankerous neighbor woman yelling in the hallway, "The Spaniards! they partied all night again, they shouted and sang!". While this woman may think them too boisterous, they are a spirited bunch and a cohesive family-like unit of maids living on the 6th floor of their building. The floor that breathes the life into this story.

After learning from her high-society friends just how "agreeable" these Spanish women are and that they even work on Sundays (after 6:00 am Mass), she recruits the lovely Maria Gonzalez (Natalia Verbeke). Just arriving from Spain and joining her Aunt Concepcion on the 6th floor, she is quickly acclimated to her new position with the Jouberts. A very fussy Jean-Louis insists on only one thing; the perfectly soft-boiled egg. "If the egg is perfect, my day is made" is his stance on how life should be for Maria to handle. She easily enchants with her sweet and lively ways, conversations with Suzanne, takes care of each household task and equally sweeps Jean-Louis right off his feet.
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