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Venus outshines Joan at Cesars

With eight nominations each, Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc and Patrice Leconte's The Girl On The Bridge (La Fille Sur Le Pont) may have been the hottest contenders for the Cesar awards - France's equivalent of the Academy Awards - but it was a smaller film Tonie Marshall's Venus Beaute which finally picked up top honours, much to everyone's surprise.

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