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The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)

La vie rêvée des anges (original title)
In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is ... See full summary »

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Erick Zonca
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Élodie Bouchez ... Isabelle 'Isa' Tostin
Natacha Régnier ... Marie Thomas
Grégoire Colin ... Chriss
Patrick Mercado Patrick Mercado ... Charly
Jo Prestia ... Fredo
Francine Massenhave Francine Massenhave ... La gardienne
Zivko Niklevski Zivko Niklevski ... Le patron Yougoslave
Murielle Colvez Murielle Colvez ... Le chef d'atelier
Lyazid Ouelhadj Lyazid Ouelhadj ... Le vendeur de billets
Frédérique Hazard Frédérique Hazard ... La mère de Marie
Jean-Michel Lemayeux Jean-Michel Lemayeux ... L'interne
Louise Motte Louise Motte ... Sandrine Val
Rosa Maria Rosa Maria ... La première infirmière
Corinne Masiero Corinne Masiero ... La femme du Hollywood
Xavier Denamur Xavier Denamur ... L'homme des patins
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In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is out-going, unskilled, with hopes of moving south to warmer climes. Marie usually is either angry or detached. Then, while Isa begins to visit the child in whose flat they live, going to hospital to read to her, Marie slowly falls for a rich youth. At first Marie keeps him at bay, then she not only pursues him, she begins to dream he is her life's love. When Isa tries to warn Marie, their friendship flounders. How will Marie handle the inevitable? And once they lose the flat, where will they go? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 September 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Daydreams of Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

Evéché, Lille, Nord, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,333, 4 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,726,187, 1 August 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In a May 2006 article for the medical journal Neurology, Dr. Eelco Wijdicks concluded that this was one of only two films to accurately depict the state of a comatose patient and the agony of those waiting for the patient to awake. The other film was Reversal of Fortune (1990). See more »

Quotes

Isa: I'd like to see you when you realize that you need other people.
Marie Thomas: I'll send you a photo.
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Rue des Cascades
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Written by Yann Tiersen
Performed by Claire Pichet
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The Struggles of the Young
22 April 2001 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

"Dreamlife of Angels" is an absorbing film about two young French women struggling to find their place in life. Both are solidly working class, unskilled and rootless. Circumstance has thrown them together and the film describes a two-month period as they housesit the apartment of a car accident victim. Their prospects are not great, and each deals with the hand life has dealt them very differently.

This is not an uplifting movie, but not a downer either. It tells it's story straight up and unflinchingly. Everything about it is top drawer; the screenplay, the directing and especially the acting by the two young leads, Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Regnier. We'll definitely see more them in the future. This movie is highly recommended.


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