The Dreamlife of Angels
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)

Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Regnier both won "Best Actress" honors at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival in this naturalistic drama about two women alienated from mainstream society. After a trio of short films, this is the feature… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 9, 1998
DVD Release Date: August 24, 1999
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Showcasing excellent lead performances, The Dreamlife of Angels is an intelligent, absorbing character study of two women.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Frank, intimate, touching, with an emotional immediacy that is killing.

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Elizabeth Weitzman

[Bouchez and Regnier have] fleshed out portraits of a depth rarely seen on screen.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Two unforgettable characters are revealed, and the truth resonates powerfully through their stories.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Zonca shows an extraordinary ability to get into the female psyche.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

In an American indie, the two girls would be cute slackers; in Dreamlife, they're imbued with the inchoate sadness of feminine existential loneliness.

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Michael Dequina
Film Threat

Allows the viewer to not only see, but experience the pain of these characters.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie understands what few American movies admit: Not everyone can afford the luxury of following their hearts.

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Peter T. Chattaway

Ably articulates the differences between the other-centred life and the self-centred life, between compassion and pride. This is a film that will linger in my mind for quite some time.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Zonca's lyrical cinema verite style magnifies the small tensions and flare-ups that can blow apart a friendship in the blink of an eye.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Might set the record for most cigarettes smoked in a movie ever. Very real-feeling, moving, great perfomances. OK, this is glib: kind of like if les… More
Quinto Wallight
A beautiful and realistic protrayal of lost human beings looking for their own place in the world; perfectly performed and paced, even when not completely… More
John Ballantine
A charming set of gals from two much different backgrounds become friends and collide their lives with a number of trying life situations. Very watchable.
Emily B.
Excellent performances from the two lead actresses. Incredibly intense and real story, with a particularly emotional ending.