A light French language comedy, Les Femmes du 6e etage, by Philippe Le Guay is being screened at the Curzon later on this month. It had a couple of days at Hailsham Pavilion last October but I am not sure if it has been in Eastbourne before. Le Guay wrote the screenplay with Jerome Tonnere and the film premiered at the Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film in October 2010.
Les Femmes is set in 1960s Paris where a rich but unfulfilled couple, the Jouverts, Fabrice Luchini and Sandrine Kiberlain (Mademoiselle Chambon), live an austere, conservative life. Their world is threatened when one their maid leaves the household and her place is taken by the young Maria (Natalia Verbeke). Maria is hardworking and gregarious but her appointment causes raises eyebrows as she is Spanish! The other apartments' servants (including Carmen Maura and Lola Duenas from Volver) rally around Maria and, before long, even the master of the house is spending more time on the sixth floor than with his wife and their socialite friends below. Curzon Cinema, Wed 20th Mar, times tbc. Tickets £6.80 adults, £4.80 concessions. Available by calling 01323 731441 or in person at the Box Office (3pm to 7pm daily).