The Dreamlife of Angels

Critics Consensus

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

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Average Rating: 3.9/5

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Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Regnier both won "Best Actress" honors at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival in this naturalistic drama about two women alienated from mainstream society. After a trio of short films, this is the feature directorial debut of 41-year-old French filmmaker Erick Zonca. With opening scenes reminiscent of Agnes Varda's Vagabond (1985), optimistic hobo Isa (Bouchez), with her life in her backpack, has a gritty existence on the road, going from one town to another through northern France, working factory jobs and selling cards. After she loses a garment-factory job, her withdrawn, near-catatonic co-worker Marie (Regnier) lets Isa share space in her Lille living quarters -- an apartment actually belonging to a hospitalized mother and daughter. Marie begins an affair with burly bouncer Charly (Patrick Mercado) before achieving an emotional breakthrough with sleazy, animalistic club-owner Chriss (Gregoire Colin). Meanwhile, Isa becomes fascinated with the girl who lived in the apartment but now lies in a coma at the hospital. The film combines handheld camerawork with a minimalist music score (Yann Thiersen) and documentary-like street sounds.

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Critic Reviews for The Dreamlife of Angels

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Audience Reviews for The Dreamlife of Angels

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

Excellent performances from the two lead actresses. Incredibly intense and real story, with a particularly emotional ending.

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

½

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 Wallight
Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer

Might set the record for most cigarettes smoked in a movie ever. Very real-feeling, moving, great perfomances. OK, this is glib: kind of like if les freres Dardenne did a good chick flick.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

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