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Venus Beauty (1999)

Vénus beauté (institut) (original title)
Employees of a beauty parlor in search of love and happiness.

Director:

Tonie Marshall

Writers:

Tonie Marshall (screenplay), Tonie Marshall (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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

Gross USA:

$465,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$495,870
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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

Sweet Lessons of Love
Written by Nicolas Neidhardt (as N. Neidhart), Jean-Marie Marrier (as J.M. Marrier)
Performed by D'Unnienville
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Great, Uplifting Slice-of-Life Film
16 August 1999 | by Guy33134See all my reviews

VENUS BEAUTY features France's fabulous Nathalie Baye, entering middle-age, as is her character (Angle) in this dramatic comedy. The Venus Beauty Salon is the location for this interesting personality study, not only of Ms. Bayes' character, but also of the personalities of her clients, admirers and co-workers. The film functions very well as a French modern slice-of-life study, across age, income, gender and social groups. Angle's pain in dealing with her sex and emotional life is very well depicted. Ms. Baye is aided by an excellent supporting cast including Samuel Le Bihan as her love interest. Le Bihan has been named France's "most promising young actor", and shows us why here. The movie really draws us into the lives of those who inhabit or pass through the Venus Beauty Institute, a microcosm of Parisian life in the 90's.


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