The Women on the 6th Floor ReView

C’est à Paris, 1962. Monsieur Jean-Louis Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), is a serious but uptight middle-class stockbroker, married to Madame Suzanne Joubert (Sandrine Kiberlain), a neurotic socialite involved in everything except the life of her two arrogant teenage boys, currently in a boarding school. Monsieur and Madame Joubert live a bourgeois existence absorbed in their work and social activities but their world is turned upside-down when they hire Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke).

Through Maria, Monsieur Joubert discovers the servants’ quarter on the sixth floor of the luxury building he owns and lives in. There live a crowd of cheerful Spanish femmes, exquisitely headed by Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Berta Ojea, Nuria Sole and Concha Calan. These Spanish housekeepers of various ages have left friends and families behind their beloved but now Franco occupied España to serve the bourgeoisie families in the neighbourhood. Although refugees of these regime and living in poorly condition, las españolas are alive and live a joyful existent that slowly opens Monsieur Joubert’s eyes to a new approach of life.

Perfectly cast and with great performances from Natalia Verbeke as Maria and Lola Dueñas in the supporting role of Carmen, The women of the 6th floor by Philippe Le Guay is an easy ride to a not so easy subject.. C’est la vie.

By Laura Rodriguez
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