The Strange Case Of Angelica (2010)
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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
Dec 29, 2010 Limited
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.
An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody.
A quiet tale, told through a rarely moving camera and a playful, bewitching smile.
"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.
de Oliveira's film is a musical of a sort, its quietude occasionally lifted by work songs or chorales.
This whimsical, ethereal tale of love and death is as light as a feather, but charming in its own way.
Some dreamlike photography and a soothing musical score are pluses but slow, draggy telling is likely to frustrate the viewer.
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.
...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.
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.
More mundane than magical, The Strange Case of Angelica is neither strange nor lively enough to lift anyone's spirits.
A distinctive, touchingly old-fashioned piece of work, and unmistakably one made by a director whose life has spanned eras.
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.
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