10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Femmes du 6e étage, Les (2015 Feature Film)

Philippe Le Guay | France | 2010 | 102 min | French / Spanish

Comedy set in 1962 in which wealthy Parisian becomes captivated by the lively Spanish housekeepers who live in his attic. A romantic, historical tale full of dry humour during an era of clear class distinctions, but also great social change.

In 1962 in Paris, attics were generally inhabited by the household staff of the rich people living below. Often they were cheap Spanish ladies with good work ethics. When a young Spanish woman comes to work for the conservative Jean-Louis Joubert and his chic wife, the tone of their somnambulant household changes. Diligent María chases the curious man of the house to the sixth floor for the first time in ages, where he is pleasantly surprised by the Spanish joie de vivre. It doesn’t take long for respectable Mr Joubert (played by star French actor Fabrice Luchini) to become entirely enraptured by the exotic señoritas (including Spanish actresses Lola Dueñas and Carmen Maura).

The Women on the 6th Floor is a romantic comedy replete with dry humour about various cultures and separate social classes in a time of great social change. Picturesque images of Paris, a soundtrack with clearly Spanish overtones, carefully dressed locations and charming styling.

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 26 March 2015

Time: 16:00

Duration: 2:00

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 28 March 2015

Time: 21:00

Duration: 1:45

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 29 March 2015

Time: 13:30

Duration: 1:45

Year in



Philippe Le Guay


Jean-Claude Larrieu


Fabrice Luchini
Sandrine Kiberlain
Natalia Verbeke
Carmen Maura
Lola Dueñas
Berta Ojea
Nuria Solé




Monica Coleman


French / Spanish


102 min


Jorge Arriagada


Etienne Comar
Philippe Rousselet

Production Design

Pierre-François Limbosch


Philippe Le Guay
Jérôme Tonnerre

Sound Design

Emmanuel Croset
Vincent Guillon

Year of Production


Philippe LE GUAY (1956, France) was trained at L’Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC). Since the early 1980s he has been writing and directing films for both TV and the cinema. The Women on the 6th Floor (2010) is his biggest success so far.



Le clou (1984, short), Les deux Fragonard (1989), Urgence d’aimer (1992, TV Movie), Rhésus Roméo (1993, TV Movie), L’année Juliette (1995), Trois huit (2001), Le coût de la vie (2003), Du jour au lendemain (2006), Les femmes du 6ème étage/The Women on the 6th Floor (2010), V comme Vian (2011, TV), Alceste à bicyclette (2013)