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Vénus beauté (institut) (1999)

Employees of a beauty parlor in search of love and happiness.

Director:

Tonie Marshall

Writers:

Tonie Marshall (screenplay), Tonie Marshall (dialogue) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Baye ... Angèle Piana
Bulle Ogier ... Madame Nadine, la patronne
Samuel Le Bihan ... Antoine DuMont
Jacques Bonnaffé 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 Brigitte Roüan ... Madame Marianne
Claire Nebout Claire Nebout ... La cliente exhibitioniste
Micheline Presle ... Tante Maryse
Emmanuelle Riva ... Tante Lyda
Elli Medeiros ... Mlle Evelyne
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Storyline

Madam Nadine manages with pride the "Vénus beauté" Salon which offers relaxation, massage and make-up services. The owner and her three beauticians: Samantha, Marianne and Angèle are pros. Contrary to her friend Marianne, who still dreams of the big day, Angèle no longer believes in love. Marie, the youngest of the three employees, discovers love in the hands of a sixty year-old former pilot, who risks everything... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Taglines:

Welcome to the Venus Beauty Institute where love, innocence and sex are a sight to behold.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 February 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Venus Beauty Institute See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,150, 29 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$416,464, 23 September 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Veteran French actress Micheline Presle, who cameos as a spinster aunt, is actually the mother of director Tonie Marshall. See more »

Quotes

Angele: When you smile I find you handsome.
Jacques: That's because you know my soul.
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Connections

Followed by Venus and Apollo (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Le premier bonheur du jour
Lyrics by Frank Gérald
Music by Jean Renard
Performed by Françoise Hardy (1963 BMG Vogue)
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Good Bittersweet Movie
4 December 2000 | by sharkfinsoupSee all my reviews

This movie has some fine acting. It is driven by character rather than plot. Nathalie Baye, as Angèle, plays a 40ish beautician in Paris. She has had a traumatic childhood and has been burned in love so she limits herself to one-night stands where she is in the driver's seat. Then a man obsessively falls for her and she has to decide whether to open up to love, or at least the possibility of it. This does not play out quite the way it would if this were a Hollywood high concept movie.

There are many minor characters, affectionately drawn. Some pieces of Angèle's past never quite get explained or resolved, which some people might complain about, but, hey, life is a lot like that.

This film is set in Paris, right before and right after Christmas. (I also saw "La Buche" at the same theater, also set in Paris at Christmas, also very good)

The jazzy score is particularly nice.

This is not exactly an upbeat Christmas movie, but it's well worth seeing.


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