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You'll wonder at first what The Dreamlife of Angels has to do with the everyday lives and loves of two working-class girls who become unlikely buddies in the gray, cold city of Lille. It's worth waiting to find out. Isa's all big-eyed gamine (Élodie Bouchez), her dark hair short-cropped, a generous mouth given to smiles--she incandesces from homely to arresting radiance. Lacking roots, money, even a permanent roof, this open-hearted twentysomething embraces life as a parade of possibilities, demonstrating a rare gift for making authentic creature contact. In contrast, blonde, slender Marie (Natacha Régnier) suggests a fallen angel, her delicate features frozen into a permanent rictus of suspicious contempt. Class-conscious, this material girl hungers for upscale salvation. Mischievous peasant and would-be princess stalk good-looking guys in the mall; smoke and share confidences in bed; tease a couple of hefty club bouncers, one of whom comes to care, with surprising tenderness, for indifferent Marie. But all the energy and zest flow from Isa (auditioning for club work, her Madonna imitation is flat-out infectious, while Marie slouches through a listless "Lauren Bacall"). When Marie goes literally mad for a promiscuous club owner (Grégoire Colin)--his wealth and beauty the dream she's been living for--their lovemaking's like warfare; her prideful resistance to his power over her spirit and body is what first--and briefly--turns him on. Bouchez and Régnier rightfully shared Best Actress honors at Cannes: their characters--as well as the comatose girl Isa helps to call back to life--are endearingly earthbound angels, sustained or betrayed by their respective aspirations. First-time director Erick Zonca makes us feel palpably the small, warming pleasures of human existence, the pure, cold pain of a damaged soul exiled from her "heaven." Woven seamlessly into Dreamlife's plaincloth design is a persistent faith in miracles. --Kathleen Murphy
One of the best films I've ever seen. Captivating from the first second.
So beautiful, so earnest.
Beautiful dreams lost. Read more
Great movie. The DVD box had the plastic cut/torn, but the DVD itself works and was delivered promptly and as expected. Thank you !Published 13 months ago by xakk15
Kudos to the seller for rapid delivery and a product in the condition as advertised. I saw this film four times when it was commercially screened and welcome this opportunity to... Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by dean guthrie
Fantastic foreign film but very depressing. Stumbled upon this one night on IFC mid-way through. Decided to buy it and watch the entire film. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Bob
You gotta like French movies to be able to sit down and watch this. It might seem kinda slow and boring at first but the storyline sorta sneaks up on you. Read morePublished on August 5, 2008 by E. Laway
It is beginning to get harder and harder to decipher cinema fact and fantasy, or should I say non-fiction versus fantasy. Read morePublished on May 3, 2007 by A. Gyurisin
This film is primarily a social commentary on the lives of two young women in northern France as they deal with facing the realities of the adult world. Read morePublished on November 10, 2006 by M. Riva
If anyone remembers what it was like to be young in the 80's - in America - this is the mirror image of that desperation.
The film takes place in France. Read more
This is a very beautiful and realistic film about two young women, who appear flatly normal but are in fact complex and struggling. Read morePublished on March 18, 2006 by Robert J. Crawford