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Year: 2010
USA: Strand Releasing
UK: Cinefile
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Berta Ojea, Nuria Sole, Concha Galan, Marie Armelle Deguy, Muriel Solvay, Audrey Fleurot, Annie Mercier, Michele Gleizer, Camille Gigot, Jean-Charles Deval, Philippe Duquesne, Christine Vezinet, Jeupeu, Vincent Nemeth, Philippe Du Janerand, Patrick Bonnel, Laurent Claret, Thierry Nenez, Jose Etchelus, Jean-Claude Jay, Joan Massotkleiner, Ivan Martin Salan
Director: Philippe Le Guay
Country: France
Language: French / Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 104 mins
UK: 106 mins
USA Rated: Not rated
UK Certificate: 12A contains brief sexualised nudity
USA Release Date: 7 October 2011 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 6 July 2012 (Limited Release)


Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini - POTICHE) lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in his work, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain - MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON) while their children are away at boarding school. The couple's world is turned upside-down when they hire a Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke).

Through Maria, Jean-Louis is introduced to an alternative reality just a few floors up on the building's sixth floor, the servants' quarters. He befriends a group of sassy Spanish maids - Concepción (Carmen Maura), Carmen (Lola Duenas), Dolores (Berta Ojea), Teresa (Nuria Sole), Pilar (Concha Galan) - refugees of the Franco regime, who teach him there's more to life than stocks and bonds, and whose influence on the house will ultimately transform everyone's life.

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