May 1st 2012
"Women on the sixth floor" this Saturday
In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids. This is the scenario for "Women on the sixth floor" - a gentle, charming and thought provoking film which will be screened by the Magnetic Island Film Society this Saturday night at the RSL Hall in Arcadia.
Margaret Pomeranz from ABC TV's At the Movies wrote: "Fabrice Luchini … has an ability to play contained uptight men who meet their own comeuppance. In this he is a stockbroker, Jean-Louis, who adheres to a rigid schedule of a perfectly cooked egg before he sets off to work. His wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain) is running up against their maid, a left-over from the regime of his mother who died only a short time ago. In the dust-up the old maid quits which leaves this bourgeois house devoid of anyone to do the real work. Suzanne's friends recommend one of the many Spanish women who
are floating around Paris in the early 1960's, refugees from Franco's oppressive regime.
"No sooner are Jean-Louis' eggs cooked perfectly by Maria (Natalia Verbeke) than he becomes involved in the lives of the serving women who live on the 6th floor in his building, where the plumbing is appalling and all sorts of matters need the intervention of a good-hearted bourgeois, which Jean-Louis becomes, mainly because of the charms of Maria."
MIFS advise that there has been a number of Film Society audience interested in dining at the RSL on film nights and Jenny Safe (RSL kitchen) is prepared to give this a try. She will reduce the menu slightly and there will be 2 choices for dinner, one of them vegetarian, and two choices for desert.
Dinner will be available from 7.00pm at the RSL and the Bar will also be open.
Duration: 102 mins
Director: Philipe Le Guay
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura, Lola Duerias
DINNER at RSL before film:
Screening at Magnetic Island RSL Hall, Hayles Avenue, Arcadia at 8 pm on the first Saturday of the Month.
Admission: Adults $10.00; Concession $8.00; Members Free.
Annual MIFS membership: $50.00 Conc. $40.00 Annual membership includes free admission for one calendar year (11 screenings) & discount tickets to the Annual MIFS Film Festival. Half-yearly also available.
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