A good year for women on film, as exemplified in new releases The Eyes of My Mother, Miss Sloane, and more
Matthew Lickona 5 p.m., Dec. 9
French star Fabrice Luchini is like a pert mouse that substitutes charm for fur. His Jean-Louis is an aging, nice, dull, rich mama’s boy who breaks loose in the old house once mama dies. From the fiercely vital Spanish maids on the top floor, he gains a social conscience and more, mainly due to the sexy newcomer (Natalia Verbeke). Even his boringly chic wife (Sandrine Kiberlain) starts to feel liberated. Halfway to farce and purringly well made by Philippe Le Guay, this comedy rides mostly on Luchini’s elfin perfection of a classic, even Mozartean type. The maid stuff gets too darling, but why not have a good time? 2011.