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Dreamlife of Angels,
Plot synopsis Isa is a 21-year old pixie vagabond who, having run out of money, finds herself temporarily stuck in Lille, a small city in northern France. During a short-lived stint working at a clothing factory, Isa befriends Marie, whose icy reserve and stubborn rebelliousness are a polar opposite to Isa’s sunny, carefree disposition. Marie has been house-sitting an apartment for a friend of her aunt’s; the apartment’s inhabitants, a woman and her daughter, have been in an accident and lie comatose at the hospital. Isa soon moves into the daughter’s bedroom and one day, having rifled through some drawers, stumbles across the young girl’s diary. Reading the diary brings her closer to the girl; Isa soon begins visiting her in the hospital, reading aloud to her and talking to her, in an attempt to revive her from her sleep. Meanwhile Marie has become involved in a self-destructive relationship with a handsome young local restaurateur. Isa’s disapproval begins to cause friction between the two friends.
many ways, The Dreamlife of Angels is exactly the sort of movie
most people think of when they think of foreign films – subtle,
slow-moving, complex, and deliberately ambiguous in its refusal to
deliver an ultimate message, it’s a movie that lovers of art-house
cinema will adore, and those who prefer mainstream commercial fare
should avoid at all costs. Be forewarned: no matter how you interpret
the film’s final sequences, this is a real downer of a movie. But it’s
sad without being the least bit tear-jerkingly sentimental, and the two
stars of the film are both riveting to watch on-screen.