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8 Women (2002) DVD

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8 Women (2002) Director:  François Ozon Writers:  François Ozon, Robert Thomas (play) Stars:  Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Danielle Darrieux   This loopy, luscious extravaganza of 50's-vintage couture and timeless French actresses aspires to be at once a camp artifact and an object of camp. It is at once a claustrophobic murder mystery, a musical, a serial cat-fight that makes Clare Booth Luce's "Women" look tame, and a parody of all of those things. François Ozon pays tribute to a cinematic tradition of triumph and humiliation, conjuring Max Ophuls, Luis Bunuel, Rainier Werner Fassbinder and Douglas Sirk without slipping from his own elegant, rigorous style. The members of the cast, playing a dysfunctional extended family whose patriarch, the only man in the picture, has been murdered, strive to outdo each other in glamour, pathos and ridiculousness. Catherine Deneuve and Fanny Ardant fight to a draw — quite literally, in a wrestling match that ends in a kiss.