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"ANGEL-A" , A SEDUCTIVE ALLEGORY
...by Lauren Ward
Luc Besson, known to many for films like "La Femme Nikita", "The Professional" and "The Fifth Element," wrote and directed this obviously heartfelt allegorical film which at first fascinates and gradually seduces with its charm, wit and universal message of self-acceptance.
The story of a quick-witted but rather clueless diminuative Algerian American hustler struggling to keep a step ahead of ruthless loan sharks on Paris' mean streets seems rather tragicomic at first, at least until a destined encounter with his suicidal counterpart and title character, Angela. Rie Rasmussen infuses her performance with ethereal beauty punctuated with wit, wisdom and outrageous delight. Jamel Debouze is utterly believable as he's caught up in situations that utterly confound him.
Bresson presents us with the story of a someone who's made all the wrong moves in life but who still warrants redemption in spite of himself. It's a poignant, life affirming message that, like all great films, seeks to become woven into the tapestry of every viewer's life
Thierry Arbogast delivers indelibly memorable black and white images of Paris in all its elegance and splendor. Anja Garbarek's music is perfect. The special effects are sparing and beautifully executed. Included in the DVD's special features is "The Making of Angel-A". a fascinating look at how the film came to be.
I found this cherishable delight at Hollywood Video and I invite you to seek it out and share it with anyone who appreciates the amazing transcendent power that is the essence of fine cinema.
Edited by Lauren on Jan 28, 2008 at 10:45 AM
Edited by Lauren on Jan 29, 2008 5:32 PM