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Director:  Francois Ozon
Francois Ozon - Retro
5 x 2
8 Women
Criminal Lovers
Under the Sand
Water Drops on Burning Rocks
_Swimming Pool

France, 2002, 108 min, color

In an isolated French country house in the 1950s, a family has gathered for the holidays. But there wont be any celebration this Christmas: the family patriarch has been found murdered in his bed! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Was it his domineering wife? His spinster sister-in-law? His miserly mother-in-law? Maybe the insolent chambermaid or the loyal housekeeper? Or could it possibly be one of his two pretty young daughters? A surprise visit from the victims glamorous sister turns the investigation into a day of hysterics, rivalries and musical interludes.
Comic situations are spiced with dark family secrets. Seduction dances with betrayal. The mystery of the female psyche is revealed. Eight women, all of them suspects. Each has a motive, each a secret. Eight beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual and dangerous women. And at least one of them is guilty...

French director, born in 1967 in Paris. Graduated in film and then attended Frances famed FEMIS film school. His short films were shown at many film festivals around the world. In 1998 he shot his feature debut Sitcom, screened in the Critics Week section at the Cannes IFF. His next two features were also screened at top festivals Criminal Lovers (1999, Venice) and Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000, Berlin). In 2002 he shot 8 Women, based on the play by Robert Thomas and starring outstanding French actresses of many generations; collectively they received the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement at the 2002 Berlinale. Swimming Pool was screened in the competition at Cannes in 2003. 5x2 was competitor for Golden Lion in 2004.
1993  Victor
1994  Une rose entre nous
1994  Truth or Dare
1995  Little Death
1996  A Summer Dress
1997  Bed Scenes
1997  See the Sea
1998  X2000
1998  Sitcom
1999  Criminal Lovers
1999  Water Drops on Burning Rocks
2000  Under the Sand
2002  8 Women
2003  Swimming Pool
2004  5x2
2005  Time to Leave
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