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Acting and Direction
The acting really is the hallmark of this movie. Jamel Debbouze was amazing as Andre, the small time hustler with big dreams. He delivers some very difficult scenes with realism and power.
Rie Rasmussen is also great as Angela. In the one DVD special feature, she talks about French not being her native tongue, which makes her dialogue all the more impressive. The director plays her against Andre using the contrasts of her height against his shortness, her beauty against his average looks and shabby clothes.
The supporting cast is also good, no doubt due to Besson's fine direction.
The Story and the Script
This story is hard to swallow. Even though Andre isn't really American, they manage to throw in some anti-American insults too. The script is clean, yet at times forced. Perhaps I am being too cynical. Still, the filmmaker, cast and crew make it work. Even a basic outline almost gives away the very predictable story line, so I won't go there. See it for yourself and be the judge.
For those who love fine art photography or just great film in general, this DVD is a gem. There are so many beautiful shots of Paris. It's done very expertly in black and white.Read more ›
André is 28 years old and badly down on his luck. Although his working practices have been a little shady in the past, he's trying to make an honest fist of things and - following a recent trip abroad - is sure that his big break is just around the corner. However, given that he owes an absolute fortune to nearly every crook, villain and gangster in Paris, he mightn't live to see the good times. Having sought help and protection from both the police - who wouldn't lock him up for a few days - and the US Embassy - although of North African descent, he holds a green card - he's left alone and desperate. Eventually, he gives up and decides to throw himself off a bridge and into the Seine...and, just as he's about to jump, he notices Angela to his left. In fairness, Angela is very distracting : she's a tall, very leggy and exceptionally beautiful blonde...and the dress she's wearing only just keeps everything covered. Although he pleads with her not to jump, she won't listen...and so, rather than ending his own life, André finds himself jumping in and saving Angela's. The pair get talking on the banks of the river and, by way of thanks, Angela dedicates herself to helping André. Miraculously, with Angela on his side, things start looking up very, very quickly...
It is subtitled (which may put some people off) and it mightn't appeal to the very innocent, but I loved it. There is a real `feel-good' element to the movie and there is a pretty obvious comparison to "It's a Wonderful Life". Some of the better known locations of Paris are used as the story's backdrop - the Seine and its bridges, the bateaux mouche and the Eiffel Tower - and it's very stylishly shot in black and white. A film I'd have no hesitation in recommending.
Besson makes a case for truth, love - and breathing - as instruments of divine providence. Truth and love can evoke passion for the divine, for life itself.
A cool movie.
But Angel-A has moved him into a new level. While I've been a very long time fan of The Professional with Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and while his other movies are good but not quite as good as that one, Angel-A finally hit the emotion he's been trying to reach again for so long.
My girlfriend and I watched Angel-A together, and we liked it so much I bought two copies from Amazon (one for her to carry around and one for me to keep in library). We watched it twice and talked about it for quite a while.
It's a beautiful movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredible fable of what may be a wonderful truth": we are always being sent angels to assist us to get along in life, to be wiser and more compassionate. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this movie!!
It made me cry few times, very powerful & with a great message!!
Probably Luc Besson's best film. It had humor, pathos, and finally, a quite serious spiritual message which I think is still not all that common in the somewhat dark, gritty type... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Country-music Fan
A lovely film in glorious black and white. Luc at his best.Published 1 month ago by Mathew D. Hargreaves
I love pretty much anything Luck Besson lends a hand to so expect a lot of that flavor, which include obsessions with small talk, the underdog, alien looking women, French culture,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juliet
Great rare movie and showed up immediately via super fast shippingPublished 2 months ago by gadget&toydork