VENUS BEAUTY INSTITUTE (Vénus beauté (institut)) is a French movie written and directed by Tonie Marshall in 1999. This film earned four major French Academy awards : Best film, best director, best screenplay and most promising actress (Tautou).
Angèle (Nathalie Baye) is working at the Venus Beauty Institute, the beauty parlor of Madame Nadine (Ogier). She's 40 years old, still beautiful, but desperately needs the man of her dreams if he exists. Fearing to have her feelings hurt, she uses to go out with men on a one night basis. One evening, a young man, Antoine, talks to her in a restaurant and tells her that, since the day he's seen her for the first time in the street, he has fallen madly in love with her. Angèle is shocked by this confession and chooses to reject Antoine.
Samantha and Marie, Angèle's colleagues, experiment with love in their own peculiar way. Samantha has a new boy-friend every night and Marie is going out with a very old customer of the Institute. The women who come to the parlor use to talk about their private problems with the girls who know them better than their husbands.
Antoine tries to convince Angèle that his love is true and he spends hours in front of the Institute waiting for her. The young woman is unable to see that the man she has waiting for for years is right in front of her. She tries by all possible means to discourage Antoine.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler