A CHANGE OF SCREEN:
Obscure and unusual films presented by Oddball Cinema
Part 5 of our 5-part French Fantasy Film Festival:
Angel-A (2005 - R - 1h 31min)
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Rie Rasmussen, Jamel Debbouze, Gilbert Melki
We wrap up our festival with what David L says is Luc Besson’s best film ever. It’s hardly known in the USA – where it hasn’t even earned a Blu-ray release – but Oddball Cinema exists to find and deliver gems like this.
André is a small-time scam artist who fails at everything; he can’t even get himself arrested. Some might say that he deserves what he gets, but to his surprise what he gets is a stunning woman who’s willing to help him turn his life around. What’s really going on here? Please don’t research it and spoil the surprises!
There’s plenty of rude behavior, coarse dialogue, occasional violence, and a whole lot of sexual innuendo to enjoy in this production. It’s mild stuff compared to what passes in some PG-13 movies, but the complexity of the relationships and constant threat of something worse raise the rating to R. Nonetheless, unless you’re easily offended, this movie is good for you.
We’ll watch it in glorious black and white with French audio and English subtitles. It wouldn’t work any other way.