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  • Summary: 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 Maria. Through Maria, 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. The women’s influence on the house brings change… muy rápido! (Strand Releasing) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 6, 2011
    The French have a knack for it. They've been making funny and agreeable movie farces for forever, and seeing The Women on the 6th Floor makes you hope they'll never stop.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 6, 2011
    The Women on the 6th Floor shouldn't work, but this efficient flick whisks away our cynicism.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 6, 2011
    Mr. Luchini has a touching way of opening up the repressed heroes he often plays, and Ms. Verbeke's droll manipulations - and genuine sweetness - are more than enough to justify the transformation that María and the other maids work on Jean-Louis's life.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Oct 7, 2011
    Has a few things going for it -- a winning performance by Luchini and a small role by Pedro Almodóvar favorite Carmen Maura. But these talented folks can't compensate for a plot that strains credulity and lacks badly needed social bite. Wait for the DVD.
  5. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Nov 3, 2011
    Still, this is one French comedy that could have used a little more hand wringing and a little less whimsy.
  6. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Dec 1, 2011
    A coda set in 1965 seals the film's status as a bourgeois fantasy, but fear not: Paris' student and worker riots of 1968 are only a hair's breadth away.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 13, 2011
    The Women on the 6th Floor is delicate and sensitive and utter bollocks - a bourgeois wet dream made to soothe the souls and stir the loins of powerful men in midlife crisis. But some of us wish we could see this movie told from the maids' point of view.

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