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Venus Beauty (Institute)

Venus Beauty (Institute)

A Feature film by Tonie Marshall

Produced by Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

Release in France : 03/02/1999

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Actors (35)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

Film exports/foreign sales :

Films Distribution

Co-productions :

Tabo Tabo Films, Arte France Cinéma

French distribution :

Pyramide Distribution

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International releases (27)

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"Venus Beauty" is the name of a neighborhood beauty parlor. Its business is to provide its customers (mostly women, but not all) with beauty tips and treatments and hear out their little worries or deepest sorrows. Whatever they come to buy—creams and elixirs, massages, sunlamp sessions or cosmetics—its clients leave with a ray of hope and faith that beauty springs eternal. To help her run this sanctuary devoted to the body beautiful, Nadine, the proprietress, employs three young beauticians: Samantha, Marie and Angèle.


"I'd already worked with Tonie on 'Bastard Brood.' When she told me she'd written a part—in 'Venus Beauty (Institute)'—especially for me, I was thrilled but also very nervous. At times like this, you think to yourself 'Oh my God! She wrote it for me. What if I don't like it?.' It's extremely nerve-wracking. But I loved the script and I'm really glad I made the film. Working with Tonie again wasn't just about loyalty for its own sake. When a director knows you, there's an element of trust but it doesn't necessarily make the work any easier. It was actually a very difficult shoot for Tonie, having so many actors to direct, and for me, having so many partners to act with. Deep down, it's always nice to feel wanted by a director."

Nathalie Baye

Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Gilles Sandoz

Screenwriters :

Tonie Marshall, Jacques Audiard, Marion Vernoux

Director of Photography :

Gérard de Battista

Assistant Operators :

Éric Brun, Stéphane Degnieau

Editor :

Jacques Comets

Assistant editors :

Lionel Cassan, Mike Fromentin

Production Designer :

Michel Vandestien

Casting :

Marion Tenet

Sales Agent :

Jacques Le Glou

Still Photographers :

Isabelle Weingarten, David Koskas

Assistant directors :

Nathalie Barbé, Christelle Lamarre, Alain Peyrollaz

Co-producer :

Emmanuelle Pinet

Sound recordists :

Jean-Jacques Ferran, Éric Thomas

Press Attachés (film) :

Dominique Segall, Astrid Gavard

Sound editor :

Mathilde Muyard

Continuity supervisor :

Josiane Morand

Music Composer :

Khalil Chahine

Costume designer :

Nathalie du Roscoat

Sound mixers :

Gérard Lamps, Anne Le Campion, Ludovic Hénault

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 45 min

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Posters (1)


News (2)

Festival Selections (12)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Selection (7)

Best Film

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Tonie Marshall

Most Promising Actress : Audrey Tautou

Best Supporting Actress : Mathilde Seigner

Best Supporting Actress : Bulle Ogier

Best Actress : Nathalie Baye

Best Director : Tonie Marshall

Lumiere Awards - 2000

Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)


French Films

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1999

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1999)


French Feature Films

Warsaw - French Film Festival - 1999

Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 1999)


Films selected

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1999

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1999)


Feature Films

Melbourne French Film Festival - 1999

Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)


Films selected

Sydney French Film Festival - 1999

Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)


Films selected

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Awards (4)

Cesar for Best Director : Tonie Marshall

César award for best film

César Award for best writing : Tonie Marshall

Award for most promising actress : Audrey Tautou

Lumiere Awards - 2000

Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)


Révélation féminine : Audrey Tautou

Delegations (2)