The Strange Case of Angelica is indeed strange and unsettling. What it isn't is compelling or satisfying.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody.
| Original Score: 2/4
A quiet tale, told through a rarely moving camera and a playful, bewitching smile.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nearly every shot in this new movie contains one glory or another.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
"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.
While it is evidently the work of an artist with great stores of wisdom and a long view of history, it also has a playful, wry quality that can only be described as youthful.
| Original Score: 4/5
We think we're in for a weighty, Hitchcockian treatise on artistic obsession; Oliveira's intentions are a bit more impish, however, though no less profound.
| Original Score: 5/5