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Les Femmes du 6ème étage

Director: Philippe Le Guay

Starring: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 102 mins

Paris, 1962. Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini) lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in his work as a stockbroker, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain) while their children are away at boarding school. The couple’s world is turned upside-down when they hire a Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke). Through Maria, Jean-Louis is introduced to a group of Spanish maids living upstairs on the sixth floor, refugees of the Franco regime, who teach him there’s more to life than stocks and bonds. A social comedy that pits the propriety of a well-to-do French family with the earthiness and humour of the Spanish refugees. The director, Philippe Le Guay, grew up in a middle-class family, with a Spanish maid and a stockbroking father and his sense of humour, laced with bile, comes from a close knowledge of his class, and their sense of superiority.

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