The Women on the 6th Floor

Friday, September 30 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

The Women on the 6th Floor

JOY REVIEW

This is one of those terrific movies.  I know it’s subtitled. I know you hate subtitles.  However, having said this, the story is of a man who has a spoiled society wife and two snotty kids who are in boarding school, and the long-time family maid decamps after the matriarch dies because she feels that she’s not being treated well enough. And the result is hiring a young Spanish maid, whose name is Maria, who lives on the sixth floor with five other women of various sensibilities and ages who all work as maids.  Through a series of kind of weird circumstances, Jean-Louis ends up going to visit and finding a completely different lifestyle than what he’s used to.  He’s the stockbroker who works at the Bourse and admits at the beginning that his mother never loved anybody, including him, and a society wife who seems less than charming and loving.  The idea is, on one hand, this is a love story because he falls in love with the enchanting Maria, but more appropriately, and more importantly, it’s a man discovering a whole different lifestyle of women who work very hard, who are very emotional, and embrace him and love him just for being who he is.  I just loved this movie.  I thought it was charming and wonderfully acted, you care about the people, and you’ll leave with a smile on your face. Actually, you could view this as a much more sophisticated, cooler, more European version of The Help. Four and a half stars

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