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Directed by: Erick Zonca

Produced: 1998

Countries & Regions: France

DVD Details

Certificate: 18

Studio: Arrow Films

Length: 109 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 25 June 2007

Cat No: FCD330

Extras:
Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): French
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital

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The Dream Life of Angels

Cast: Gregoire Colin , Élodie Bouchez , Natacha Regnier , Jo Prestia , Patrick Mercado , Francine Massenhave

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French drama following two 20-year-olds, Isa (Élodie Bouchez) and Marie (Natacha Régnier), who meet in Lille and set up home together.... Read More

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French drama following two 20-year-olds, Isa (Élodie Bouchez) and Marie (Natacha Régnier), who meet in Lille and set up home together. Their flat has recently been vacated by a teenage girl who has been left comatose after an accident. They spend their time flirting with bouncers at the local nightclubs and drifting from job to job, but a fissure becomes apparent in the relationship when Isa takes to visiting the true owner of their squat in hospital after reading her diary.

Starting off a little like a gentler, female version of Bertrand Blier’s Les Valseuses, as two directionless, working-class girls hook up in dreary Lille and go out looking for kicks, The Dream Life of Angels quickly develops into something more subtle and searching. Isa (Elodie Bouchez), caring and sensitive, begins to devote her time to visiting a young girl in a coma (in whose dead mother’s flat she is house-sitting) and cementing friendships in the area; Marie (Natacha Regnier), troubled and indignant, drifts disinterestedly from lover to lover, ending up with a Romeo club owner who breaks her heart. Director Erick Zonca evokes great power from this simple story of small lives by charting the disintegration of Isa and Marie’s friendship — and Marie’s self-esteem — with such painful truth it feels at times like docu-drama; it is this approach that makes the conclusion all the more devastating. For their finely-tuned, close-up performances, Bouchez and Regnier shared the Best Actress award at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

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