DREAM LIFE OF ANGELS: DVD
Isa (Élodie Bouchez) is 21; all her possessions fit into a backpack and she lives a tough gypsy life, but she remains optimistic. One day she arrives in Lille, and meets Marie (Natacha Régnier), also 21, and a loner, too, but for different reasons. Uncomfortable with the company of others and rebelling against the constraints of her working class background, Marie hides her loneliness behind a tough, aloof exterior. Their friendship, hopes and dreams, struggle amidst a real and harsh existence.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Accolades and applause follow this film, and at its premiere at Cannes in 1998 (where I first saw it), the film drew an appreciative response from the crowd of 2,500 film critics and writers, industry guests and godknowswho. I felt a forlorn figure in the sea of waving and clapping as the credits rolled, sitting there quite still, anxiously waiting to get out and breath fresh night air.
I recognise the strikingly honest and vulnerable performances, the originality of the film and the memorable filmmaking – but I just didn’t connect with the two girls, which meant I was a frustrated observer instead of an emotional participant. I was even irritated for much of the time by these characters, which is a sure way to kill of any enjoyment.
So there it is; maybe you should go see, and tell us what you think.
Published July 1, 2004
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DREAM LIFE OF ANGELS: DVD (M15+)
La Vie Revee Des Anges
CAST: Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier, Grégoire Colin, Jo Prestia, Patrick Mercado
DIRECTOR: Erick Zonca
SCRIPT: Erick Zonca & Roger Bohbot
RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: n/a
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: May 19, 2004