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Director:
Writers:
Tonie Marshall (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
3 February 1999 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Welcome to the Venus Beauty Institute where love, innocence and sex are a sight to behold.
Plot:
Employees of a beauty parlor in search of love and happiness. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Woman losing her youth finds love. See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (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
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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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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language
Runtime:
105 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
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 »
Soundtrack:
You Are the WomanSee more »

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Woman losing her youth finds love., 26 October 2003
Author: senortuffy from Glen Ellen, CA

This story revolves around the employees of a beauty shop in Paris. It's not quite an ensemble piece because there is a main character.

Nathalie Baye plays a 40-year-old woman, Angèle, who is going from one fling to another. Angèle doesn't believe in love anymore. She thinks it only brings pain and that love is a form of slavery. She's a very attractive woman but looks sad all the time and her friends notice.

Audrey Tautou plays Marie, another worker at the salon, and she's a plain country girl who starts having an affair with a much older man. Mathilde Seigner plays Samantha, who is tough on the outside and has lots of boyfriends, but is hurting inside (she tries to kill herself on Christmas Eve).

But Angèle is the focus of this film. We see her sitting with a man in a train station cafe at the beginning of the film, confident that he's enamored with her, but he brushes her aside, saying it was just an affair, and walks away. Then Madame Nadine, the beauty shop owner, tells her she needs to fix her appearance and apply more makeup, which only adds to her depression.

Along comes Antoine, a much younger man, who saw the spat at the train station and who follows Angèle back to where she works. He approaches her and professes his love for her, really his obsession for her. Angèle isn't interested in a relationship and Antoine isn't interested in casual sex, so things don't look good for the pair. But as the story progresses, she opens up to him and by the end they're both in love with each other.

I would have liked the film more than I did if the character of Antoine had been different. He's got a good physique and is much younger than Angèle, so I can see why she'd be attracted to him, and she's a good-looking woman, so I can see him being attracted to her, but as two people, I didn't really see the chemistry between them. Antoine seemed a bit too immature to make this romance seem true. But he is open and tender, and Angèle is vulnerable and needs some extra care, so maybe that's the key.

Anyway, the characters were all interesting and the acting well-done. There was a tender poignancy in the relationships between the people in the beauty shop and their customers, as well as some pretty funny scenes, and the film explores some adult themes about the nature of love and relationships, so I would definitely recommend this one even if it might have been better.

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