8 WOMEN
8 FEMMES
2002, Focus Features, 111 min, France/Italy, Dir: François Ozon

For 8 WOMEN, director François Ozon convened a company of France’s finest female acting talents. Danielle Darrieux is Mamy, the wheelchair-bound matriarch of a wealthy family that gathers at its chalet for Christmas, only to find the master of the house dead from a knife to the back. Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert are Mamy’s daughters, who, along with each of the film’s other principal characters, find themselves trapped in the chalet and accused of murder. Adapted from Robert Thomas’ stage play and influenced by the screwball comedies of old Hollywood, 8 WOMEN marries farce, melodrama and musical in an unbridled exploration of just how quickly the gloves come off when eight women with lethal motives are confined together.


SWIMMING POOL
2003, Focus Features, 102 min, France/UK, Dir: François Ozon

A British mystery author, a summer house in the South of France and a poolside escapade gone awry are the basic ingredients of this Hitchcockian thriller starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. The Palme d’Or competitor has no shortage of Ozon twists and turns as it depicts the commission of a single mistake and the efforts of two women to contain that mistake.


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