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      Venus Beauty Institute

      R Released Oct 27, 2000 1h 45m Comedy Drama List
      59% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 51% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Aging beautician Angèle (Nathalie Baye), already wounded by a long-ago romance, gets awkwardly dumped at a train station. Witnessing how she turns around a humiliating situation, younger sculptor Antoine (Samuel Le Bihan) becomes so smitten that he breaks up with his own fiancée and sets out to win Angèle's heart. Meanwhile, Angèle attempts to quash the budding romance of her young co-worker, Marie (Audrey Tautou), and a much older widowed client (Robert Hossein), despite their obvious rapport. Read More Read Less

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      Xan Brooks Independent (UK) Director Tonie Marshall maps out the drama with soul and delicacy. Rated: 3/5 Mar 20, 2019 Full Review Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle Rated: 2/5 Mar 10, 2003 Full Review Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle Rated: 3/4 Feb 7, 2001 Full Review Antonia Quirke Independent on Sunday Tonie Marshall's quiet, unremarkable film has little real emotional pull. Mar 20, 2019 Full Review Mark Halverson Sacramento News & Review Rated: 2/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Rated: 4/5 Jun 27, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member It's all a bit silly and surprisingly dated, but it offers some fun as well as some insight into a sad woman. Nathalie Baye is really the main reason to watch this film. She plays a woman entering her 40's who has taken on a very grim view of romance. She has meaningless flings, but she views love as a negative. For her character, love can only bring pain. She actually equates the concept of love as a form of slavery. But when an opportunity of real connection comes to her in an unexpected way she is forced to re-think her ideas and expectations regarding love. The really odd thing is this is an ensemble piece, but I was only interested in Baye's character. It bears mentioning that I remember this film so well. I've not seen it a long time. It has stayed with me. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Not very bad, just rather slow, lightweight french romantic comedy. Nice french set; story was quite sweet, yet not very clear or convincing. The thing is I watched this film like 10 years ago, and something about it stuck in my memory, so I wanted to rewatch again and.. really it's quite lightweight. It tackles age and love, but for me it lacked some depth. It should be ok for tired evening in a bed (it's not bad, because we also need films for such occasions). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member not my type of movie...but there is something about this French romantic movie i enjoyed...i thought the acting was great...not bad at all... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member I will say,one of the rare forgien language films i watched,where i didnt nessacarly need subtiles to understand whats going on. The stor was good and it doesnt hurt tha Audrey Tautou was half naked in it,but much like other films lately,this one had Tautou plastered on the cover,yet she was barely in it,still a good movie though. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member This, and not «Le fabuleux destin d'Amà (C)lie Poulain» is the film that placed me under the spell of the lovely Audrey Tautou. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member French women are ranked number two on my list of most intriguing ... right after those from the Pacific :) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Aging beautician Angèle (Nathalie Baye), already wounded by a long-ago romance, gets awkwardly dumped at a train station. Witnessing how she turns around a humiliating situation, younger sculptor Antoine (Samuel Le Bihan) becomes so smitten that he breaks up with his own fiancée and sets out to win Angèle's heart. Meanwhile, Angèle attempts to quash the budding romance of her young co-worker, Marie (Audrey Tautou), and a much older widowed client (Robert Hossein), despite their obvious rapport.
      Director
      Tonie Marshall
      Producer
      Gilles Sandoz
      Screenwriter
      Tonie Marshall
      Distributor
      Lot 47 Films, Fílmax
      Production Co
      Tabou-Tabac Films, La Sofica Sofinergie 4, Le Studio Canal +, Arte France Cinema, Agat Films & Cie, Centre National de la Cinematographie, Tabo Tabo
      Rating
      R (Sexuality|Nudity|Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 27, 2000, Original
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $416.5K
      Runtime
      1h 45m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital, Surround, Dolby SR