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Falling Angels (2003)

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Canadian filmmaker Scott Smith directs the black comedy Falling Angels, based on the novel by Barbara Gowdy and adapted for the screen by poet and author Esta Spalding. Set in the late '60s and filmed on-location in Saskatchewan, this dark family drama focuses on the three teenaged daughters of the Field household. Callum Keith Rennie plays Jim Field, the loud-mouthed, domineering patriarch who has intimidated his wife Mary (Miranda Richardson) into a catatonic state of alcoholism and

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Jan 1, 2005

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So many reasons to see the darkly hopeful Canadian film Falling Angels -- a terrific unknown cast showcased in subtle close-ups, and a quirky literary script largely free of cliche.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It's the attention to small details that makes the characters so believable, especially in the way Smith delivers their sentiments: in quiet, personal moments.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Deftly balances elements of pathos, humor and the grotesque while maintaining a low-key tenor.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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What offends most is the patina of smugness that seeps through every frame.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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There's little intelligence or realism evident on screen.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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...surprisingly moving and emotional.

November 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Falling Angels may be rough at times but it has so much going for it, from content to performance, that it demands to be seen, appreciated and talked about.

November 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for Falling Angels

Funny? There is nothing funny about this. Where to begin? Incredible story of loss, mental illness, and family dysfunction. That last term seems inadequate here. It could easily have become mind-numbingly depressing, and very nearly did for this viewer, but strong performances by a terrific cast kept it from plummeting over the edge. Hard to imagine how a woman as depressed as Mary (Miranda Richardson) could subsequently have three daughters without her depression being diagnosed, but this was the dark ages when it comes to psychology. The three girls must care for their incapacitated mother, stay out of the way of their psychotically violent father, and somehow maintain a facade of normality for the outside world. There were so many pressures on this family, it is a wonder any of them is capable of even the most basic functions. This viewer felt like each of the girls will always struggle with life's choices. Yet, somehow in the face of unspeakable tragedies, these girls seem to have the strength to continue to struggle. These three young actresses (Katherine Isabelle, Kristin Adams, and Monte Gagne) managed to make their characters believable, sympathetic, and incredibly resilient. Hard to watch, but, wow!
April 3, 2009
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