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Release Date:
3 February 1999 (France) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nathalie Baye ... Angèle Piana
Bulle Ogier ... Madame Nadine, la patronne

Samuel Le Bihan ... Antoine DuMont
Jacques Bonnaffé ... Jacques

Mathilde Seigner ... Samantha

Audrey Tautou ... Marie
Robert Hossein ... L'aviateur

Marie Rivière ... La cliente aux bottines fourées

Edith Scob ... La cliente aux taches sur les mains
Hélène Fillières ... La fiancée d'Antoine (as Hélène Filières)
Brigitte Roüan ... Madame Marianne
Claire Nebout ... La cliente exhibitioniste

Micheline Presle ... Tante Maryse

Emmanuelle Riva ... Tante Lyda

Elli Medeiros ... Mlle Evelyne

Claire Denis ... La cliente asthmatique
Liliane Rovère ... La cliente épilation

Gilbert Melki ... L'amant de la gare
Patrick Pineau ... Un homme du self
Philippe Harel ... Un homme du self
Frédéric Andréi ... Le client finitions
Sophie Grimaldi ... La cliente de Marie (Madame Langevin)
Chantal Bronner ... La cliente d'Angèle (Eliane)
Catherine Hosmalin ... La cliente au fond de teint
Florence Derive ... Zizou
Joël Brisse ... L'ami de Poitiers
Martine Audrain ... La voisine d'Angèle
Laurence Mercier ... Madame Schmidt
Eric Petitjean ... Le déménageur 1

Rinaldo Rocco ... Le déménageur 2
Michel Gauthier ... Le serveur 1
Medhi De Lu ... Le serveur 2
Romain Goupil ... Le médécin (Dr. Fremond)
Carole Deroo ... Madame Pommerand
Charles-Roger Bour ... Pierre
Nicolas Bomsel ... Le type 'heure'
Michel Vandestien ... Le patron de l'entrepôt
Olivier Pace ... L'ouvrier de l'entrepôt
Arnaud Dautzenberg ... Cabinet maker
Vanda Benes ... La serveuse
Alain Peyrollaz ... L'homme du quai
Cyril Arvenzag ... Fils de la patronne
Cédric Bruzac ... Fils de la patronne

Directed by
Tonie Marshall 
Writing credits
Tonie Marshall  screenplay &
Tonie Marshall  dialogue and
Jacques Audiard  writer &
Marion Vernoux  writer

Produced by
Isabelle Pailley .... co-producer
Emmanuelle Pinet .... co-producer
Gilles Sandoz .... producer
Original Music by
Khalil Chahine 
Cinematography by
Gérard de Battista 
Film Editing by
Jacques Comets 
Casting by
Bruno Levy  (as Bruno Lévy)
Production Design by
Michel Vandestien 
Costume Design by
Nathalie du Roscoat 
Claire Gerard-Hirne 
Makeup Department
Françoise Andrejka .... makeup designer (as Françoise Andrejka-Anastassios)
Valérie Cancalon .... assistant makeup artist
Cédric Chami .... hair stylist
Dominique Colladant .... special makeup effects artist
Myriam Roger .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Richard Allieu .... production manager
Marc Bordure .... general administrator
Alexandra Bourdon .... assistant unit manager
Bruno Ghariani .... unit manager
Malek Hamzaoui .... production manager
Eric Vassard .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathalie Barbé .... assistant director
Vanessa Grunberg .... assistant director
Florence Illouz .... assistant director
Christelle Lamarre .... assistant director
Alain Peyrollaz .... assistant director
Art Department
Loys Cappatti .... assistant decorator
Alain-Georges Ferrero .... property master
Madjid Hamzaoui .... assistant decorator
Mathieu Junot .... assistant decorator
Catherine Keller .... assistant decorator
Isabelle Magos .... assistant decorator
Olivier Pace .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects editor
Assia Dnednia .... foley artist (as Assia Dnednia-Walker)
Jean-Jacques Ferran .... sound
Ludovic Hénault .... sound re-recording mixer
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Anne Le Campion .... sound re-recording mixer
Anja Lüdcke .... sound editor
Chris Max .... post-synchronization
Mathilde Muyard .... sound editor
Jacques Obadia .... assistant sound engineer
Stéphane Thiébaut .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thomas .... sound assistant
Zorrino .... sound: studio
Special Effects by
James Unger .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Abraham .... gaffer
Patrice Birzin .... electrician
Éric Brun .... first assistant camera
Stéphane Degnieau .... cinematographer assistant (as Stéphane Degniau)
Roland Dondin .... electrician
David Koskas .... still photographer
Pascal Lombardo .... electrician
Patrick Pamart .... grip
Claude Pillas .... key grip
Isabelle Weingarten .... still photographer
Casting Department
Jeremie Anastasios .... extras casting
Marion Tenet .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marine Chauveau .... costumer
Marie-José Escolar .... costumer
Laurence Rossignol .... costumer
Editorial Department
Lionel Cassan .... assistant editor
Mike Fromentin .... assistant editor
Music Department
Khalil Chahine .... music arranger
Khalil Chahine .... musician: guitar
Bruno Fontaine .... music arranger
Bruno Fontaine .... musician: piano
Frank Gérald .... composer: stock music
Didier Lozahic .... score recordist
Jean-Marie Marrier .... composer: additional music
Camille Maurane .... musician
Claire Paris .... musical director
Sonia Wieder-Atherton .... musician: violoncello
Other crew
Charlotte Gratiot .... technical advisor: beauty treatment
Josiane Morand .... script supervisor
Nadine Perron .... production administrator
Gilles Sandoz .... presenter
Dominique Segall .... press attache

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vénus beauté (institut)" - France (original title)
"Venus Beauty" - Israel (English title)
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Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Veteran French actress Micheline Presle, who cameos as a spinster aunt, is actually the mother of director Tonie Marshall.See more »
Angele:When you smile I find you handsome.
Jacques:That's because you know my soul.
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Movie Connections:
Followed by "Venus and Apollo" (2005)See more »
Nuit de NoëlSee more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
French slice of professional life with a disappointing ending, 10 August 2000
Author: Rave-Reviewer from United Kingdom

Angèle works in a Paris beauty salon with the ingénue-like Marie and cynical Samantha. Their boss is the supportive but businesslike Nadine (an extremely funny and perceptive performance by Ogier, one of Buñuel's bourgeois in Le Charme Discret… and the dominatrix of Schroeder's Maîtresse) who has years of experience in broken hearts and knows how to keep a professional distance. The film charts Angèle's own progress from embittered divorcée to feeling human being through her pursuit by the love-smitten sculptor, Antoine.

We first see Angèle chatting up a total stranger in a railway buffet. This is what she does. She picks up men for casual sex because her faith in the possibility of love left her when her marriage failed (actually she shot her husband, though not fatally). It is ironic, therefore, that a strikingly similar crime of passion causes a turnaround, but… enough said for now.

What delights most of all in this film is Nathalie Baye's performance. Having had to make do for much of her career with Adjani-type roles such as those in Le Retour de Martin Guerre or La Balance, she has matured to the point where at last she is being offered more interesting work. She invests Angèle with the vulnerability that we have glimpsed in the past, but which carries before it a prickly resilience necessary for survival.

Another great pleasure is the portrait of the beauty salon milieu, which lays bare -rather than covers up - human foibles with typical Gallic frankness. This is not the ersatz world of Cher in Mermaids, nor does it adopt the feminist critique that beauty products are emblems of women's self-enslavement to men. Instead it allows both humour and melancholy to let individual cases speak for themselves. The salon is a self-contained world, with its naggingly distinctive door jingle, where different solutions to the single woman's predicament are offered by employee and customer alike. Nadine tells Angèle: 'When you're not a girl any more, you'd better decide not to be a girl any more.' Samantha is promiscuous but, unlike Angèle, allows her disappointments to affect her professional life, which brings her into conflict with Nadine. But significantly when she tells Nadine where to go, while we may sympathise more with Samantha, Nadine is not made to look petty by comparison (it is possible to imagine how an American film would handle this scene very differently). Marie has a liaison with an injured pilot (Sixties matinée idol Robert Hossein) many years her senior, something Angèle finds it hard to understand until she is turned on by witnessing their nocturnal tryst. Meanwhile Angèle's provincial aunts (Micheline Presle, the director's mother and star of Boule de Suif and Le Diable au Corps, and Emmanuelle Riva, most famously of Resnais's Hiroshima Mon Amour - both too briefly glimpsed here) co-exist in a domestic routine which is comparatively idyllic but envy Angèle's independence and ability to live it up in the big city. No one is happy.

Clearly the sculptor, with his undemanding love, is the key for Angèle (and many another single female, no doubt!) but just how the film makes the transition from her morose rebuttals to melting acceptance is one aspect in which you may feel it betrays its Mike Leigh-style realism by opting for an ending which is too whimsical. We hope this does not spoil the many other qualities of Marshall's film.

By the same director: If you enjoy Vénus Beauté you would certainly like Tonie Marshall's earlier feature, Pas très catholique.

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