Falling Angels (2005)




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Esta Spalding
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On DVD: Jan 1, 2005
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
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.

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

Full Review… | April 13, 2005
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Full Review… | September 26, 2005
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What offends most is the patina of smugness that seeps through every frame.

Full Review… | April 26, 2005
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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!

Mark Abell
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I love Katharine Isabelle and have scene all of her films except turning Paige and must admit that this is one of my top 5 favorite movies. Amazing acting and a depressing story line. One sister is pregnant, another a drug attic, and the other, a lesbian. My god, it's got to be a parents worst nightmare. Well it explains the end.

Alyssa Keller

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