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From the director of The Professional and The Fifth Element comes a stunning, sexy tribute to the healing power of love. When André, a down-on-his-luck gambler, dives into the icy Seine to end it all, he winds up instead rescuing Angela, a gorgeous, mysterious blonde. Filled with renewed passion for life, they set out to settle André's scores as they wander the City of Lights. Along the way, André finds himself, but he still has some questions about his leggy, lovely companion -can she really be as heavenly as she seems? Filled with wit, warmth and eye-popping visuals, ANGEL-A shows just how high you can soar when passion takes flight.
It's a Wonderful Life meets Wings of Desire in French director Luc Besson's Angel-A, a surprisingly charming fable of low-life redemption. The low-life in question is André (Jamel Debbouze, from Amelie), a mousy, disheveled Parisian scam artist who's deeply in debt to various underworld thugs. Suicide seems like the best available option, but just as he's about to leap into the Seine, he encounters Angela (Danish model/actress/filmmaker Rie Rasmussen), a leggy blonde beauty who's going to change André's life in ways he never expected. Filmed in gorgeous black and white in a shimmering Paris that seems almost completely depopulated (most of the filming took place in early-morning sunlight), Angel-A is a rough-edged yet ultimately sweet-natured tale of two chatty characters who find new hope through mutual devotion, and that's likely to disappoint any Besson fans who are expecting another high-octane crime thriller like Leon--The Professional. And yet, Besson's tenth film has a light, feathery quality that works in its favor, even when the characters lack interest and their scenes together grow slightly redundant. Debbouze is perfectly cast as a likable loser who deserves a break, and Rasmussen (who memorably appeared in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale, wearing nothing but lavish diamonds and a killer smile) is, to say the least, angelically seductive. How well you respond to this romantic fantasy will depend on how attracted you are to these characters, but if you give Angel-A a chance, you might find it to be a worthy companion to Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, two other appealing films about love, set in, respectively, Vienna and Paris. --Jeff Shannon
- The Making of Angel-A
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THE FIFTH ELEMENT, that most HEAVY METAL of outre sci-fi
films starring Bruce Willis (Bruce Willis?) as a man
assigned to save the world; Chris Tucker as a screeching
interplanetary d.j.; Gary Oldman as a villain who makes
one trip too many; and the luscious red-haired Milla Jovovich
as The Fifth Element. ("Mooltie-pass.).
Then there was LEON - THE PROFESSIONAL, featuring the sombre
Jean Reno as a ghostly hitman; Natalie Portman as his
unexpected preteen protoge; and Gary Oldman (again!) as a really
over the top psychopath.
I went on to acquire Besson's early stuff, passing on THE MESSENGER
and his kid flick. He stopped making movies, started producing
them. But then I discovered this admittedly minor flick,
Shot in in Paris in supernaturally beautiful black and white,
ANGEL-A gives us a poor, lowly gang write-off (Jamel Debbouze,
who played the "slow" green-grocer's assistant in AMELIE), about to commit
suicide because of debts. Just as he is about to plunge into the river, he sees
a leggy blonde giantess (Rie Rasmussen) on the next parapet who jumps before he
does. He plunges, saves her - then learns she may or may not
be an "angel" out to save him from himself.
Yes, for Besson this is a minor tale. But it is also a gorgeous
"portrait" of the City of Light, one which will leave you
with a smile on your face.
Thanks, Luc, for reassuring us there can be happy endings.
I was pleased that it got mostly favorable reviews, and since I really liked both "The Professional" and "La Femme Nikita" (which the director also did) I figured I'd take a chance on it and check it out.
After watching it, I can truly say that I loved it a lot more than I expected.
The characters were great and there were quite a few moments that were very heartwarming. One scene in particular involved Angela (Rie Rasmussen) trying to get Andre (Jamel Debbouze) to see himself as lovable and to accept himself as someone worthy of being loved. You really feel for him as he struggles to accept his self-worth after years of self-loathing.
One other thing I really enjoyed about the movie was that it was filmed in black-and-white. That's certainly not something you see very much nowadays. But it really added a lot to some of the scenes, as the director really took some beautiful shots with the actors. If the film had been in color, I thing that a lot of the details in the scenery would've been lost and the film probably wouldn't have been as visually appealing to watch.
I am very glad I got this and would definitely recommend this to anybody looking for something a bit different for a romantic-comedy type of movie.
This is an adult love story...Adult meaning intellectual not pornographic...
I lonely man...with all the bad qualities a man might possess, yet salvation is near due to his understanding and demonstration of the best of the feminine spirit.
No! He is not a woman trapped in a man's body...He hides the compassion and caring we associate with the "softer" sex with sneakiness and foolish bravado we associate with...well, you know who?
A wonderful performance by all concerns and an adult tear-jerker near the end...
Forget anymore reviews...get it...
Hint...Road Home and Isle...different, yet spectacular romance tales...
Highly recommended to any age, or to any taste of those who simply enjoy good story-telling.