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The Women On The 6th Floor review

Two maids cause mayhem.

Not to be confused with the recently released The Woman In The Fifth starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas, director Philippe Le Quay’s amiable culture-clash comedy unfolds in early ’60s Paris.

The women in question are the Spanish servants who turn middle-aged stockbroker Jean-Louis’ ( Potiche ’s wonderful Fabrice Luchini) orderly existence upside down, much to the dismay of his socialite wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain).

True, it’s no great shocker that these vibrant, paella-eating senoras are soon teaching their stuffy French master how to live life to the full, but the ensemble performances bring charm and vitality to an otherwise overly cosy set-up.

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