Peau d'ange focuses on a simple hearted village girl, appropriately named Angele,
who is sent to town to find work, as her poor parents are unable to feed
her. She is employed by a liberal bourgeois family.
Angele meets another maid like herself, a carefree
girl who will introduce her to Gregoire, a pathetic looking young man
in town for his motherís funeral. Gregoire
poses as a manager in a music company and steals the heart of Angele
who would like to become a singer like Rita Mitsouko. Drowning in feelings of guilt regarding the dead mother that he once
rejected, Guillaume easily arouses compassion in Angele
who gives her virginity to him in total surrender. But this meaningless
night in a godforsaken town is a turning point in Angeleís
life, and Gregoire will not escape the ripple
Ruth Legrand, Cinelibret:
"The great success of Peau
d'ange is certainly the angel herself. Vincent Perez succeeds in giving
the tragic role of the young person to Morgane More (17 years old) and the
film seems to be written for her... A romantic fable.... Vincent Perez, the
director, presents the tragedy of love - impulsive, passionate and romantic,
words he uses for himself."
"Peau d'ange is a film to be received like a
gift. A film in love and generous like its director, Vincent Perez, who
seems to have put all his heart into his first full-length film... This
moving cinema allows us to witness two exceptional
actors: Morgane More, whose grace, angelic face and unforgettable eyes hide
a share of mystery, and Guillaume Depardieu, awkward, touching and
unquestionably imposing... He directs with instinct... A wind of freedom
blows on this film, the script punctuated with beautiful form..."
Marie-NoŽlle Tranchant, Figaroscope:
is natural and surprising in this first film from Vincent Perez and Karine
Sylla... The film is fastened firmly with reality, but with flights which
cross and transfigure it."
Van Cutsem, Cinopsis:
"We are pleased to see a Besson production which tells the
story of a meeting between two people without special effects and physical
violence... With its well-tended photography and soundtrack,
deserves to be seen... For his first full-length film behind the camera, and
after three short films, Vincent Perez surprises. We were accustomed to his
whirlpool of acting passing from The Crow: City of Angels to
Libertin, but we now see a sensitive, interesting and instinctive
director who can cause unquestionable emotions from his audience."
Annie Coppermann, Les Echoes:
"Perez directs with
a restraint that elegantly counterbalances the material. Although we can see
the direction the film is taking, the plot devices, contrivances and import
of the each scene are so understated that their impact isnít fully realised
until the end-titles roll. When you reach that point, the full force of the
film becomes apparent."
"Vincent Perez gives a fable so elegant and superb that the film
truly is a masterpiece to behold."
"Overflows with attention... An absolutely sincere account by the
best moments, Vincent Perez's first full-length film, co-written with his
wife, Karine Sylla, evokes a short story by Flaubert. The film follows a
course where religious signs mix with faith in love... One does not always
believe in it, but when one does believe, it is thanks to the exceptional
intensity of the young actress, Morgane More, discovered in
Reel Life Reviews:
"Peau d'Ange is a nice, intimate little film that
shows promise for its director."
"Perez Impresses with Directing Debut"
"A luminous and mysterious film"
"Perez directs with admirable economy, confident in the script and what he
wants to get out of each scene"
"Sweet with a strain of spirituality and uplifting pathos"
Frederic Faure, Tele Obs Cinema:
"Peau d'ange is
a good surprise in this cinematographic homecoming."
Pierre Vavasseur, Le Parisien:
"Guillaume Depardieu and his young
co-star, Morgane More, are excellent."
"The performances of Guillaume Depardieu and Morgane More are
"Morgane More and Dominique Blanc are alive, daring and disconcerting."
Philippe Paumier, Cine Live:
"Funny, burning, naive,
mystical... A short meeting which emerges from ordinary thanks to the force
of conviction of Morgane More."
"The actors inspire a real tenderness, in particular the
young and tender Morgane More, but also Karine Sylla, the splendid
co-screenwriter and wife of the director."
Morgane More............................Angele Dubois
Written by.............Vincent Perez & Karine Silla
Music by.............Mathieu Chedid, Fred Chichen
Cinematography by....................Philippe Pavans
Premiered in France on October 9,
World premiere on August 24, 2002
at the Montreal Film Festival.
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