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Archangel

Archangel (1991)

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 0

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Set during the Bolshevik revolution, a Canadian soldier, a Belgian aviator and a Russian nurse, each overcome by mustard gas and the horrors of war, cannot remember who they are in love with.

Unrated,

Drama, Comedy, Special Interest

John B. Harvie, Guy Maddin

Apr 2, 2002

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2) | DVD (3)

What comes across is a fascinating fetishist delirium, where memories of remote war movies get recycled into something that's alternately creepy and beautiful.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Confused? No matter; so are the characters in this absurdist melodrama.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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From its flickering, inky cinematography to its wavering late 1920's-style sound track, to Veronkha's kohl-eyed vampish look, the movie is an expert parody of a period movie style.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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... a surreal silent movie melodrama of love, war, and amnesia for the sound era: an absurdist silent WWI epic that never was.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

Inspired absurdist melodrama.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

At once perplexing and joyous, Maddin has crafted a film that, for all the confusion inherent in the tale, unfolds on its own unique (and rather tedious) terms.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Archangel

In frozen Archangel in 1919, a one-legged lieutenant meets a woman whose husband has amnesia and believes it is always their wedding day, while the local militia fights both Germans and Bolsheviks, not realizing that both World War I and the Russian Revolution are over. A dreamlike and melancholy meditation on forgetfulness, ignorance and confusion, done in the style of an early sound film.
February 9, 2009
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Greg S

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It is Archangel, Russia in 1919 between World War I and the Russian Civil War. British Lieutenant John Boles(Kyle McCulloch) is assigned to billet with a native family where he winds up saving the life of Geza(David Falkenburg), their young child, but then he ends up having to be saved, too. In his delirium, he thinks he sees Iris, his dead wife, but it turns out to be only Veronkha(Kathy Marykuca) who is in fact married to Philbin(Ari Cohen). The only problem is Philbin cannot remember much of anything, much less who he might be married to.

One never watches a Guy Maddin film for historical realism(usually it involves being in the mood for something a little different) but it is important to note that "Archangel," one of his earliest features, is set in a time of uncertainty when nobody knows who is in charge or if there is a actually a war going on which is perfect for his dreamy style. That informs a lot of the relations between the characters which I could not sort out in a hundred years. That having been said, I still found enough to be intriguing and enjoyable to make it worth my time.
December 6, 2010
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Walter M.

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