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The Women On the 6th Floor | 2011 | PG-13 | - 5.2.3

In 1960s Paris a group of Spanish maids change the lives of their formerly conservative bosses. With Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain and Natalia Verbeke. Directed by Philippe Le Guay. In French and Spanish with English subtitles (original title: "Les femmes du 6ème étage"). [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man touches a woman's face, they kiss, the man leads the woman to his bed, sex is implied and we later see the man and the woman lying in bed together (a portion of the man's bare chest is visible); the woman's hand rests on the man's chest and when the woman climbs out of bed, we briefly see her bare breasts (we later learn that the woman has a daughter, presumably conceived with the man).
 A woman examines a painting of a nude woman being held by a nude man. A man looks at a painting of a woman in the nude and her bare buttocks are visible. A woman wears a cleavage-exposing dress. A portion of a man's bare stomach is visible as two women lift his pajama shirt. A man opens a door to find a woman bathing (her bare buttocks and the profile of her bare breast are visible).
 A man rubs a woman's neck and tries to kiss her, he tries to unbutton the woman's blouse and sex is implied as they recline on the bed about to kiss. A husband and his wife kiss, they strip off their clothes as they kiss, the man pulls away and we see a small portion of his bare chest with his shirt partially unbuttoned. A man flirts with a woman, he tries to force himself on her, hugging her as she struggles, and another man walks into the room and dismisses him.
 A woman hugs a man while three other women watch and give the woman a dirty look. A woman kisses a man on the cheek. A man kisses a woman's hand in greeting. A young woman kisses a man on the cheek in thanks. A woman places her hands on a man's neck, the man places his hands on her neck as they practice pronunciation and the woman pulls away. A man and a woman dance.
 A woman tells a man that she had a child out of wedlock, "in sin," and was forced by her mother to give him up for adoption. A man makes a crude remark to a woman about her being lonely in her bed and the woman tells him to stop. An older woman says that a woman had taken a bath and gotten pregnant, and several other women laugh, saying that the woman had "done more than take a bath." A woman accuses her husband of having an affair. A woman tells a man that her husband had an affair. A group of women gossip and we hear one woman say that her female boss "is in the street with the boys" during the day; another woman says that her male boss comes out of a shower with is robe open and his privates are visible; another woman jokes that the man "might jump" on one of the women. A woman warns another woman that a man is in love with her and she replies that it is different from a previous affair she had. A woman teases an older woman, saying that a man will not go into her room. A woman tells her pre-teen son that being a gynecologist is "disgusting" and "sticking your head between women's legs all day"; the boy smiles and does not respond. A boy makes a remark to his pre-teen brother that he had never seen an elderly woman (their maid) in the nude. Several women sing and dance along to the French version of "Yellow Bikini."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - We see a toilet filled with feces, and a woman leaves the bathroom and warns an older woman that the toilet is "all backed up." A man holds his breath and acts disgusted when he opens the door to a toilet; women discuss how they are used to the smell or use a different toilet. A plumber tells a woman that he hears her toilet is "a real cesspool"; we see the man look disgusted when he enters a toilet room and several women watch and laugh.
 Two boys run through the streets, throwing their bags at one another and bumping into one another.
 A crying woman is comforted by two other women; a man approaches and is told that the woman's husband beat her and took her money, to which he says they will call the police.
 Two older women lift the shirt of an ill man and discuss how he is ill; one woman says that the man's liver is swollen while the other woman suggests the man has gas and they argue as they press the man's stomach and then feed him a bowl of green liquid (he appears fully recovered moments later).
 An older woman shouts at a man, saying that the man's wife had killed his mother with her "meanness." A man tells an older woman that his mother had died more than six months before and "mourning's over," and the older woman tells the man that she is still mourning. An older woman shouts at a man, saying that the man's mother had died. A woman shouts at an older woman. A woman shouts at a man (her husband) about her deceased mother-in-law bullying her. An older woman shouts at a woman through a doorway. An older woman shouts at women as they shout from doorways and windows at one another. A woman shouts at an older woman, accusing her of stealing her mail. A woman shouts at an older woman and a woman as they work to roll a rug. A woman shouts for a woman, and a man calms her, telling her that he will find the woman. A woman shouts at another woman, saying that she is a disgrace to her country. A woman shouts at her husband, accusing him of having an affair. A man shouts at his two teenage sons after they accuse him and their mother of "exploiting" a woman before firing her. A woman shouts at a group of gossiping women. A woman dramatically shouts at her husband. A woman dramatically tells two women that they are "dead." A woman tells a man that her mother and father had been killed during the Spanish Civil War and that their throats had been slit and their bodies were dragged through the city streets. A woman remarks that a country is run by "a murderer." A man says that a woman must leave a building because her husband is beating her. A woman tells another woman that her husband is ill in bed, and the woman goes to speak to the ill man who tells her he is queasy from eating oysters and that oysters "can be fatal." A man tells a woman that his father had become seasick during a sea voyage. A woman jokingly tells a story about mistaken translation that resulted in her eating a cat instead of a cake (this is a joke).
 A woman laughs when she is accidentally hit with a splash of water as a man lifts a rack of wet shirts.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 sexual reference, 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms (1 mild), 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (touchy, idiot, stingy bum, nuts, little blonde Frenchies, man-eater, crazy, tyrant, dictator, rich brats, mad, disgrace, profiteer, old maid, country girl, stubborn, ingrate, communist, religious nuts, insane, bad mother, bum, mean people, that one, girl, bandits), exclamations (shut up), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman pours an older woman wine and she drinks the wine while making a remark that it tastes good (she later appears slightly intoxicated as she walks away), a woman becomes visibly intoxicated when she drinks a glass of wine and talks with her two sons, a woman says, "my head is spinning" after she and several other women have wine, throughout the movie we see men and women drinking wine, at a party men and women are served alcoholic drinks and a man asks a woman if he would like to have drinks, a boy tells a woman (his maid) that he has champagne as a snack, and a woman teases another woman and says that her grandfather had been a "drunk." Women smoke cigarettes throughout the movie, and we see men in the background smoking cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Regret, depression, making a life change, forgiveness, jealousy, servant-boss relations, differences in class, shame.

MESSAGE - Sometimes you must make dramatic changes to your life if you want to be happy.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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