La vie rêvée (1972)

 |  Drama  |  June 1975 (USA)
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Two twenty-something women dream of the ideal man and slowly realize that reality is very different from their fantasies.


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Credited cast:
Liliane Lemaître-Auger ...
Véronique Le Flaguais ...
Jean-François Guité ...
Guy Foucault ...
Marc Messier
Paul Brennan
Judith Paré
Stéphanie Dansereau
Pierre Fauteux
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Suzanne Comtois


Isabelle, a naive dreamer, and Virginie, a very direct pragmatist, both work at a Montreal film production company called B&C Films. The young women meet one day at work and quickly become friends despite their differing opinions concerning men. Isabelle is a hopeless romantic but Virginie has an aggressive attitude towards the male sex in general yet both women dream of finding and having the perfect man. Despite seeing themselves as modern women against the marginalization of their sex by the men who run society, they lose themselves in their dreams of romance that closely resemble those of Hollywood and the media. Several ideal romance options are depicted and there is strong contrast between their fantasies and realities. Isabelle becomes obsessed with Jean-Jacques, a married man and doesn't realize there is no possible future with him... Written by pr1mal_1

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Dream Life  »

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First Canadian Feature Film Directed by a Woman
22 November 2003 | by (Ottawa, Ont.) – See all my reviews

This avant-garde effort by Mireille Dansereau is a feminist film from the early 70s that explores the emotional state of two 20-something women in Montreal. Without trying to be radical, Dansereau attempts to take a uniquely feminine perspective on the sexual blossoming of this women while pitting them against a still prominent patriarchal society.

The film is relatively episodic with no flowing narrative, other than the girls sexual obsession with a well established and married man. Their personal liberation is some-what predictable and anticlimactic, but none the less appropriate for the style of the film. Also contains a fair bit of nudity, always a bonus!

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