The Women On The 6th Floor review

Two maids cause mayhem.

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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.