In the French film 8 Femmes, Francois Ozon, the director, guides a play from the 1950’s that focuses on a lively family that have deep secrets that all intertwine. In this musical mystery, comedy film, a murder has happened and each woman has their own motives for wanting to kill the man in the home. Yet, Ozon’s storyline is not the main focus of the film. The film follows each of the women which show the themes of betrayal, secrets, and most importantly sexuality. Sexuality is a main theme in many of Francois Ozon films that he directs. Sexuality in the cinema can be seen in many of his films because it affects Ozon personally.The musical mystery film 8 Femmes was released in 2002 and sold 3,751,508 tickets. The film won awards at The Berlin International Film Festival, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, European Film Awards, and many more. Director Francois Ozon creates a plot that seems simple and ordinary at first. However, according to the research article “Une mine d’or inpuisable: the queer pleasures of Franois Ozon’s 8 femmes/8 Women”, by Darren Waldron, “the plot is secondary”, meaning that the plot itself is not the main focus. The main plot of the film is for the audience to figure out who killed the man of the house Marcel. There are right possible suspects which are all female, hence the name of the title. The title is simple just like the plot of the film.
In the film Suzon, a college girl home from winter break, is reunited with her family. She is reunited with her mother Gaby, her little sister Catherine, and her wheel chaired bound grandmother Mamy. Everyone is talking, and singing until Augustine, the aunt of Suzon and her sister; comes down and complains about the family and the two female mai…
…ople that have a bigger motivate for wanting Marcel to die.
Mamy is another main character that has secrets. Mamy, who is the morher like figure in the house, is not who she appears to be at first glance. In the film she appears to be sick and handicap, preventing her to walking, however the audience learns that not only can she walk, but that she has money that could have saved Marcel from becoming bankrupted (Ozon). Mamy obtain shares that allow her to have money. She did not want to part these shares with Marcel due to the greed of wanting to have the money to herself. Even though she lied to him about not having these shares, it is not a substantial motive for wanting to kill him. Those who are not family have secrets involving Marcel which could result in him being murdered. Madame Chanel, Pierrette, and Louise all have secrets that are exposed in the film.