La Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) (2001)
Average Rating: 7.2/10
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Bay of the Angels (La Baie des anges) stars Jeanne Moreau as a middle-aged Parisian gambling addict who leaves her husband and children and heads for the roulette tables of Nice. There she meets young and handsome Claude Mann--a meeting which coincides with Moreau's first winning streak. She latches onto Mann in the belief that he's a good luck charm, and remains with him even when she starts losing heavily. Mann, emotionally drained, walks out of the relationship. The film ends with Mann
Nov 30, 2001 Limited
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Playing Jackie ... Moreau is one of the most watchable of screen goddesses.
[Moreau's] Jackie Demaistre is a mesmerizing, compulsively watchable performance, one of the few films roles you literally hold your breath watching.
An early chapter of Demy's courtship with the provincial France of his youth, with the most bewitching generation of French actresses, and with movies.
Alternately lighthearted and melancholy, it's a striking look at obsessional behavior.
I think it's not just Demy's masterpiece, but one of the great French films of the sixties, which is pretty high praise.
The true star of this very French film is the dazzling visuals displayed inside the casino.
Varda has done a beautiful job of restoring the film's crisp, ruthless black-and-white imagery.
Demy's films are often described in terms of music; this one is more like a tango in which one person leads and refuses to forfeit the position.
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