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The Strange Case Of Angelica (2010)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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The new film from master filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, The Strange Case of Angelica is a magical tale about a young photographer who falls madly in love with a woman he can never have, except in his dreams. Late one night, Isaac is summoned by a wealthy family to take the last photograph of a young bride, Angelica, who mysteriously passed away. Arriving at their estate, Isaac is struck by Angelica's beauty, but when he looks through his lens, something strange happens - the young woman appears

Sep 20, 2011

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The Strange Case of Angelica is indeed strange and unsettling. What it isn't is compelling or satisfying.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A quiet tale, told through a rarely moving camera and a playful, bewitching smile.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Nearly every shot in this new movie contains one glory or another.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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"The Strange Case of Angelica" tells its tale of love and death with a captivating mix of formality, ambiguity and offbeat humor. On the surface a simple fable, it's actually much more.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Because of his age and experience, de Oliveira brings a wider perspective to everything he shoots; if he places his camera in the middle of a street, he tries to convey the way it was decades ago, not just how it is now.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Oliveira's first use of 21st-century digital technology paradoxically marks a return to the origins of cinema with the special effects trembling with a handcrafted sincerity and shimmering sense of wonder

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

This whimsical, ethereal tale of love and death is as light as a feather, but charming in its own way.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

An old-fashioned 21st Century movie.

December 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Some dreamlike photography and a soothing musical score are pluses but slow, draggy telling is likely to frustrate the viewer.

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Stunningly magnificent spellbinding magical tale.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The narrative unreels with the simplicity of a silent movie; many scenes are shot from a single camera set-up with few cuts, the shadowy, stagy interiors backed by Chopin, as if it were a live piano accompaniment.

February 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...a whimsical fable, the meditation of a very old man looking to the past, looking towards death. It has the impact of a half smile.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

May be the most accessible of the ten Oliveira films I've seen so far.

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

More mundane than magical, The Strange Case of Angelica is neither strange nor lively enough to lift anyone's spirits.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A distinctive, touchingly old-fashioned piece of work, and unmistakably one made by a director whose life has spanned eras.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: France24
France24

The mystical when not earthy, Chaplinesque images are enchanting. In particular the artist's pursuit of his elusive muse, ecstatically locked in a wordless embrace with the beaming apparition as she takes him on a journey floating across the night sky.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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Audience Reviews for The Strange Case Of Angelica

A strange film that never decides whether it is supposed to be a technically refined drama or a surrealistic comedy. Oliveira is at his most self-indulgent, apparently throwing gorgeous visual compositions just to show off. Besides, the actors overact, the dialogue is terrible and the nonsensical plot leads nowhere.
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