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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0069UV0AY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,874 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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32 of 37 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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 5, 2012
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What begins as a motion picture about the clash of cultures could've ended up as a `coming-of-middle-age' dramedy in lesser hands, but, thankfully, THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR rises on the shoulders of its many skillful players.

Jean-Louis Joubert (played by Fabrice Luchini) is a man very set in his ways: he's a stockbroker who's been very successful by playing it safe - investing for the benefits of long-term relationships - and, much as he's done at work, he is at home. He wed a demure country girl (Suzanne, played by Sandrine Kiberlain), immediately went to work at raising two heirs for the business, and even insists that his morning hard-boiled egg be cooked at no-less-and-no-more than three and one-half minutes. He lives his life with exacting precision. So it should come as no surprise that his recent hiring of a new maid - Maria Gonzalez (played by the lovely Natalia Verbeke), who speaks her mind, has a free-wheeling love of life about her, and is a modern, liberated woman - is about to turn his ordered world upside down! Of course, that only means he's going to fall in love all over again - isn't that required of any romantic comedy these days? - but it's a sin easily forgiven when the tale is so sweet.

At its core, WOMEN explores the nexus of where things meet. Various ethnic cultures come together and clash. The passing of times forces the old to consider the new. Children clash with their parents. Nations go to war. Blue-collar clashes with white-collar. Precisely when two forces collide creates this nexus - a magical, mystical place where what comes after the intersection is always much more colorful, vibrant, and expressive than what came before.
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