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Study Abroad Paris Movies Winter 2010 Directors Actors Vocabulary History French Cinema Other Resources Cinema 1 Course


Award-winning romantic comedy and a humorous jab at society's fixation with youth and beauty at the expense of everything else. Follows the lives of four strong, smart women.  Nathalie Baye stars as a woman wounded by love. When a man witnesses her dramatic break-up with a younger lover, he sets out to win her heart. As she struggles with this new predicament, her co-workers and their various clients all weigh in with their own thoughts of love, relationships, homes and dreams. One of her co-workers is played by Audrey Tautou of  'Amélie' fame. 
Director & 
Tonie Marshall
Main Actors Nathalie BayeAudrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan (Brotherhood of the Wolf)
Year 1998
Length 105 min
Awards Four Cesars: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best New Actress (Nathalie Baye)

Discussion 1. Characterize the four women:
    a. the owner of the salon, Nadine
    b. Angèle, the loner
    c. Marie, the naïve one
    d. Samantha, the disenchanted one.
2. Characterize the salon itself. What are the different reasons for which people go
3. Characterize some of the clients who go there.
4. What does Angèle say about love?

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