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Vie rêvée des anges, La (1998)

Original Title : Vie rêvée des anges, La
Director : Erick Zonca
Writer : Erick Zonca
Roger Bohbot
Virginie Wagon
Pierre Chosson
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : François Marquis , Michel Saint-Jean
Music : Yann Tiersen
Photography : Agnès Godard
MPAA Rating : Rated R for some strong sexuality.
IMDB ID : 0120449
Official site : http://www.spe.sony.com/classics/dreamlifeofangels/index.html
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Vie rêvée des anges, La (1998) - Erick Zonca
 

Starring

Élodie Bouchez Isabelle 'Isa' Tostin
Natacha Régnier Marie Thomas
Grégoire Colin Chriss
Patrick Mercado Charly
Jo Prestia Fredo
Francine Massenhave La gardienne
Zivko Niklevski Le patron Yougoslave
Murielle Colvez Le chef d'atelier
 

Plot

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?
 

Comments

First feature absolutely stunning At the risk of sounding like a quote whore, if I see ten films better than this one released this year, 1999 is going to be an excellent year.First time director Erick Zonca has made an absolutely stunning debut, which not only resonates while you watch it, but gets you thinking afterwards (for example, I didn't get that last shot right away, but after thinking about it, I did).And while there's a philosophical point to be made, this is not what I would call a "nothingness of being" movie, where the primary interest of the filmmaker would seem to be either lecturing the audience, or in self-indulgent symbolism.Instead, Zonca makes his points lightly and carefully, allowing them to build up for us later. Of course, it also helps that he has the services of Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Regnier, who deservedly shared the Best Actress Award at Cannes last year(and if there's any justice, will be nominated for an Oscar this year). Bouchez's Isa is hooked on life, in a dreamy way, and is open to all the possibilities, yet she sees how fleeting it all is.Regnier's Marie, on the other hand, doesn't expect much from the hand she's been dealt, and enters a bad relationship because of it, but there's enough there that we desperately wish she could find the peace Isa wishes her near the end.I forget who said great acting is in the eyes, but Bouchez and Regnier certainly qualify there, you can see the life in Bouchez's, and the cold resignation in Regnier's.This is an outstanding film.