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Venus Beauty Institute(Vénus beauté (institut))

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France · 1999
Rated R · 1h 45m
Director Tonie Marshall
Starring Nathalie Baye, Bulle Ogier, Audrey Tautou, Mathilde Seigner
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

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Village Voice by Amy Taubin

Thanks to some brilliant casting, Venus Beauty Institute provokes ideas about women, movies, sexuality, and age that extend beyond its frothy fiction.


Salon by Charles Taylor

Lets you indulge your taste for soapy heartache without leaving you feeling that you have to wash the bubbles out of your mouth.

70 by Ernest Hardy

At its core is a feminine realm (the beauty parlor) through which modern issues of alienation and casual-sex-as-a-drug are coupled with timeless questions about the natures of love and desire.


Portland Oregonian by Kim Morgan

Marshall does such a good job re-creating the otherworldly energy of a temple of youth that the rest of the picture feels strained and sometimes trite. Nevertheless, parts can be absorbing, reflective and touching.

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