The Dreamlife of Angels
aka La vie rêvée des anges
First screened in April 1999 / Most recently screened in March 2020
Director: Erick Zonca. Cast: Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier, Grégoire Colin, Patrick Mercado, Jo Prestia, Louise Motte, Frédérique Hazard, Christian Cailleret, Juliette Richevaux, Stéphanie Delerue, Francine Massenhave, Zivko Niklevski, Murielle Colvez, Rosa Maria, Mireille Bidon. Screenplay: Erick Zonca and Roger Bohbot (with the "artistic collaboration" of Virginie Wagon).

Twitter Capsule: Fierce but deeply sympathetic study of two working-class girls judging each other's survival strategies.

VOR:   Maybe "original" isn't the flagship, but a rare, credible focus on predicaments of the working-class in a dead-end industrial center. Stands up over time.

Photo © 1998 Les Productions Bagheera/France 3
Cinéma/Diaphana, © 1999 Sony Pictures Classics

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

(in April 1999: B)

Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (Bouchez & Régnier)
European Film Awards: Best (Bouchez & Régnier); European Discovery of the Year (Zonca; tie)
César Awards (French Oscars): Best Film; Best Actress (Bouchez); Most Promising Actress (Régnier)

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