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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


    "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.

    Actors (34)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

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    Co-productions :

    Tabo Tabo Films, Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

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    International releases (22)

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    "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

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Posters (1)


    News (3)

    Festival Selections (12)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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

    Selection (7)

    Most Promising Actress : Audrey Tautou

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Tonie Marshall

    Best Film

    Best Director : Tonie Marshall

    Best Actress : Nathalie Baye

    Best Supporting Actress : Bulle Ogier

    Best Supporting Actress : Mathilde Seigner

    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

    Melbourne French Film Festival - 1999

    Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)


    Films selected

    Sydney French Film Festival - 1999

    Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)


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    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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

    Awards (4)

    César Award for Best Film

    César Award for Best Original or Adapted Screenplay : Tonie Marshall

    César Award for Most Promising Actress : Audrey Tautou

    César Award for Best Director : Tonie Marshall

    Lumiere Awards - 2000

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)


    Révélation féminine : Audrey Tautou

    Delegations (2)