Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Top 25 of the Aughts, #4

Play 'em on, Isabelle!

This one is sure to be the most controversial pick on my list, with a handful of devoted fans and more than a few naysayers. But then, such is the nature of Francois Ozon’s hilarious, borderline experimental take on classical Hollywood melodramas. Unlike the acclaimed Far From Heaven, released the same year, 8 Women is a film that delights in doodling in the margins, finding room in its Agatha Christie-esque plot and silky Sirkian style for off-the-cuff musical numbers and intertextual allusions a-plenty. Oh, and that cast- if the names Deneuve, Huppert, Darrieux, Ardant, and Béart mean anything to you, you’re just the audience this film needs.

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