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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism

The Dreamlife of Angels

La vie revée des anges

Eric Zonca’s unvarnished portrait of street life has lost none of its edge.

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France 1998
Dir Erick Zonca
With Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier, Grégoire Colin, Patrick Mercado
English subtitles
Certificate 18

Arriving on the streets of Lille, penniless drifter Isa (Bouchez) becomes fast friends with secure-seeming sweatshop worker Marie (Régnier). But their friendship is strained when Marie falls for a callously manipulative, wealthy womaniser (Colin). Bouchez and Régnier rightly shared the Best Actress prize at Cannes for their searing performances in this gripping, tragic tale of lives lived on the margins.


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