The Strange Case Of Angelica Reviews
December 30, 2010
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.
November 28, 2011
Just a bunch of weird images that most don't make sense. The dialogues were weak and the plot was dumb. The most lively acting was delivered by a corpse.
April 26, 2011
For some reason I liked this one. While it was not the best film of the year, as many critics declared it to be, it held my interest. While slow in some spots, like the way the director lingered on a set after the scene ended, or the long car ride in the beginning of the film, I have to believe it was for some dramatic purpose other than just trying to make the film a little longer.
This film shows a man's descent into madness and obsession in a subtle way. He still acts somewhat normal (or as normal as a photographer can be), but his obsession with Angelica and the crop workers who do work the 'old fashioned way' starts his decent into madness.
I liked the dream scenes and the ending. While some parts could have been cut, like the breakfast scene at the boarding house where Isaac lives. That was the one part of the movie that did not hold my interest at all. I especially liked the songs that were sung by the crop workers as they toiled away. Would recommend to those who like a different kind of movie.
April 25, 2011
I just couldn't get into this one. The Strange Case of Angelica follows a photographer who is called upon to take pictures of recently deceased Angelica. He becomes fixated with her through the photographs he takes. Some of them become animated and he dreams about her at night. These sequences are sparse & I think I would have liked the film better if there were more of them. I never could figure out what the fascination was except that she is beautiful.
The landscape was nicely shot and some interactions between the characters were humorous, but there wasn't anything really memorable for me here.
July 28, 2014
It was entered into the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
June 22, 2014
There is a high contrast between the "inside" and the "outside" of "The strange case of Angelica" and this creates the feeling of two worlds colliding(much like in its protagonist's life).
July 23, 2012
a typical art house movie does not contain eeriness of an horror movie and also lacks the romance of the romantic movie. an strictly ok movie.
December 28, 2010
Not particularly funny, not particularly fresh. Since I couldn't wait for it to end, I'm probably too old. Not the director's fault.
June 22, 2012
A strange film that's actually not really all that strange in an era where strange films are quite common. de OIiveira's visual craft is superb. In fact, the film warrants a profound study just solely on the visuals alone. But it's a shame that this is a film and not a painting as the visuals do not make up for the lack of coherency in the writing. The dialogue is really horrendous at times with on-the-nose exposition seeking to explain and elaborate on what we already know and the overarching plot is rather silly. The premise of seeing ghosts through a camera is an interesting one, but de Oliviera doesn't develop this at all and the ghost sightings become more annoying than intriguing. Furthermore, the romance between Issac and Angelica is immensely contrived. The characters have literally no reason to be in love with each other and Issac just spends most of the film wandering around without much purpose. The entire concept of "love at first sight" is a bit shaky at best and de Oliviera seems to grasp on to the concept as if it's a God-sent universal truth. Thus, Issac and Angelica's romance couldn't be more uninteresting in a film that's apparently about love. Minimalist films without a strong cause and effect can work well to communicate a theme or message: such as Blow Up. But The Strange Case of Angelica is minimalist to a fault where too little happens and what does occur happens with too little logic and reasoning behind it. Ultimately, de Oliviera seems to have an idea for a film and all he did was shoot that idea without further thought. A film can lack a traditional story structure, but it cannot lack a purpose. The Strange Case of Angelica seems to lack both.
September 23, 2011
Another fine achievement by 102 year old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. The film feels like a photograph that you look at and find the story within each section you view. The film works with the idea that it's whimsy, never taking itself that serious. Even the simple music - a piano helps weave the fable.
September 15, 2011
I want the 1hr 34 min. of my life back... Wait, I am wasting even more time by reviewing it here. Epic failure, pretentious, slow, boring, nonsense, pointless and painful to watch.
March 27, 2011
Very slow. No character development. Lame dialog. A boring movie.
March 10, 2011
E esta? O mais recente do Manoel de Oliveira ├ę dos filmes com melhor visibilidade no rottentomatoes.
March 6, 2011
This is the first time Rotten Tomatoes got their rating so wrong. Faye and I HATED this film. We went by the 92% rating and I have to tell you it was more like 2%.........BAD, BAD, BAD!!!!!!!
February 7, 2011
Sounds alot like the short story the Coffee Pot
January 28, 2011
A delicate Black Swan descent into madness? But gentle and very human and even funny at times. Its pace is slow and deliberate, with wonderful and very authentic secondary characters. Very Latin, Bu˝uel like.
January 15, 2011
Interesting take on perfect, unattainable love. But ultimately does not hit the right spots.
January 9, 2011
I found this to be a tedious and frustrating film. Very slow, each shot felt loaded with meaning but the meaning was not really that compelling. Fails as entertainment.
December 31, 2010
The Curious Case of Angelica Beltbuckle?