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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Venus et Apollon
Does anyone in Britain know about this brilliant surreal Francophone comedy soap? Arte make and show it on the mainland, and it's based on Tonie Marshall's 2001 movie Venus Beaute Institut. Parisian beauty salon goings-on, with ludicrous dream-sequences, great characterisation, and above all the stratospherically lovely Melanie Bernier in the role of Bijou - the little apprentice, played in the movie by the then-unknown Audrey Tautou. If the luminous MB isn't the next Tautou, I'm the Duchess of Argyll.