The Dreamlife of Angels

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Showcasing excellent lead performances, The Dreamlife of Angels is an intelligent, absorbing character study of two women.

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Movie Info

Isa (Élodie Bouchez) and Marie (Natacha Régnier) bond while working in a French sweatshop and soon begin sharing an apartment that Marie is watching for a hospitalized mother and daughter. Marie, hoping to avoid a life of struggle and poverty, takes up with Chriss (Grégoire Colin), a nightclub owner whose most attractive asset is his money. Isa recognizes the ultimate futility of the relationship and tries to keep Marie away from him, but her interference puts their friendship at risk.

Cast & Crew

Élodie Bouchez
Isabelle 'Isa' Tostin
Natacha Régnier
Marie Thomas
Michel Saint-Jean
Associate Producer
Yann Tiersen
Original Music
Agnès Godard
Cinematographer
Dominique Le Rigoleur
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Critic Reviews for The Dreamlife of Angels

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for The Dreamlife of Angels

  • Jun 26, 2013
    A charming set of gals from two much different backgrounds become friends and collide their lives with a number of trying life situations. Very watchable.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2011
    Dreamlife of Angel's is one of several "reasons" why I enjoy foreign films. It is not dependent on "star" power, computer generated images, overt violence, or scenes with fantastic stunts. What it has are characters which are richly developed, believable, showing emotions which are palpable and for whom we can care. What we find out here is simple is sometimes best This movie is the perfect example to see how an accomplished and talented actor makes a movie come to life and seem absolutely real, for that is what both Elodie Bouchez and Natasha Regnier achieve in this film. Which performance is better? I think that is a draw. Bouchez and Régnier shared the Best Actress award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for their work in this movie. Indeed it is hard to choose between them. Both are wonderful brilliant and more importantly real. I cannot imagine ANY Hollywood actress playing these roles. Now I don't like to be too nice about the French but this film confirms my long-held suspicion that their films are the best. They may not make as much money as US films but at least they offer something of substance. Clearly, this is not a feel-good movie. And no, it's not about beautiful people living in beautiful houses with beautiful clothes. It's about the real life of two normal people and, although that might not appear to be a recipe for a particularly fascinating film, I was enthralled. This film provides just that: a window into an aspect of humanity that leaves us feeling vulnerable. Rarely do we see a story that not only entertains and recounts events so naturally, but also reveals truths about ourselves that we're usually too cowardly to face. The delivery of the facts is so natural that we feel almost ashamed to be looking into the lives of the two main characters. Yet we remain glad we did it
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2008
    Excellent performances from the two lead actresses. Incredibly intense and real story, with a particularly emotional ending.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2008
    A beautiful and realistic protrayal of lost human beings looking for their own place in the world; perfectly performed and paced, even when not completely memorable.
    Quinto W Super Reviewer

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