Peau d'Ange

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Peau d'Ange
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byVincent Perez
Screenplay by
  • Karine Silla
  • Vincent Perez
  • Jérôme Tonnerre
Dialogue byKarine Silla
Produced byVirginie Silla
CinematographyPhilippe Pavans de Ceccatty
Edited byLaurence Briaud
Music byReplicant[1]
Distributed byEuropaCorp
Release dates
  • 24 August 2002 (2002-08-24) (Montreal)
  • 9 October 2002 (2002-10-09) (France)
Running time
85 minutes
Budget€4.3 million

Peau d'Ange (lit.'Angel Skin') is a 2002 French romantic drama film directed by Vincent Perez, starring Morgane Moré and Guillaume Depardieu.


Grégoire reluctantly returns to the countryside in order to oversee his mother's funeral. Being back in the small town where he was raised upsets him, as he is not ready yet to accept the fact his mother died. While looking for some comfort and solace, he meets a maid named Angèle. He manages to impress her by making up he was an important manager, although he only has a minor position in a cosmetics company. After they have spent the night in a hotel, he just leaves her but she cannot forget him, in particular because he was her first lover at all. Subsequently, she follows him and even manages to get hired as the maid of one of his colleagues. However, she then has to realise that Grégoire is about to become the son-in-law of his boss. Angèle observes how he is going to marry another woman for other reasons than love.



Peau d'Ange premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival on 24 August 2002, and was screeneda t the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur on 28 September 2002. The film was released in France on 9 October 2002. An English subtitled direct-to-video version, including a making-of, a soundtrack, deleted scenes, a film poster and two short films, was released on 28 May 2003 as Once Upon an Angel.


At the Cabourg Film Festival 2003, Moré was awarded the Swann d'Or for Best Actress.

Critical response

Vincent Perez makes an interesting behind-the-camera debut with Once Upon an Angel, a smartly put together, well-cast romantic drama that just needed a little more work on the script. Tale of a simple farm girl who loses her virginity to – but not her love for – a more emotionally complex, ambitious young man doesn't add up to a great deal, but features good perfs by leads Morgane More and Guillaume Depardieu

— Derek Elley – Variety[2]

Perez, who co-wrote the screenplay with wife, Karine Silla (Laure Grenier in the film), 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 isn't fully realised until the end-titles roll. When you reach that point, the full force of the film becomes apparent.

— Noel Megahey – The Digital Fix[3]


  1. ^ "Biography // Biographie". Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2011. In 2002, he composed the score of the Vincent Perez film, Peau d'Ange (Once upon an Angel)...
  2. ^ Film Review "Once Upon An Angel"
  3. ^ Peau d'Ange (2002) Region 2 DVD Video Review

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