Venus Beauty Institute Reviews
Mitchell, writer and director, presents us with a female world were men come and go; but where women have the opportunity to decide their destiny: by being a successful owner, a single woman in charge of her sexuality, an exhibitionist compulsive tanner, or the naive girl learning about desire.
Natalie Baye is extraordinary in the role of the 40-something woman searching for love. Audrey Tatou, wellknown internationally as Jeunet's quirky Amelie of Le fabuleux destin de Amelie Polain, debuts in an eye-catching supporting role as the naive young girl.
Nice recurring touches: the way AngĂ¨le disappears behind the bus, in fact the way buses passing in front of us introduce and remove characters; the chime that announces new customers, the eccentric patrons and the music. I loved the ending, the sex scene in the dark with AngĂ¨le and Antoine (the lighting hit just the right places-- hands groping for a banister, the muscles on Antoine's back. I also enjoyed the creepy scene between Marie and the widower -- it was actually my favorite in the movie--the way that redoubling works and little details like what's going on with Antoine's eyes during the scene. the characters are distinct, though I actually hate AngĂ¨le at the start. She sort of grows on you so that by the last scene, you are with her. I imagine Barbara Streisand doing the role in an English remake. Not sure about the other characters, though.