June 15, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B+

Love stinks for 40ish Paris beautician Angele (Baye), who throws herself into various one-night stands while shying away from anyone who truly cares. But you don’t have to wait for hints of Angele’s troubled past to understand how deeply needy she is. The sublimely subtle Baye’s eyes tell you all you have to know. Practically plotless — yet laced with story lines — Venus is a ruefully funny Cesar winner, with its colorful cross section of beauty-shop clientele, vividly spanning the sprawling range of things we’ll do for amour.

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