Women on the 6th Floor
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want a slice-of-life movie that's also charmingly heartwarming, and if you speak French (and possibly Spanish) this movie is an utter delight. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allan M. Lees
It was clever, funny, well-acted, a beautiful look at Paris, excellent photography, and a great story!Published 8 months ago by Roses4Susan
This movie got excellent reviews when it came out a few years ago. It is still the best movie of its kind produced in the last decade.Published 13 months ago by Laurence Shore