Angel 2007

Angel

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An odd mix of period melo-drama and social satire, with lavish sets and costumes, but Angel never takes flight.

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Penniless writer Angel Deverell (Romola Garai) meets wealthy publisher Théo (Sam Neill), who becomes an avid champion of her work. The resulting series of explicit romance novels makes Deverell a celebrity -- and catapults her into the upper echelons of English society. A self-made woman, Deverell marries struggling modernist painter Esmé (Michael Fassbender) and becomes his sole patron. But, as World War I fractures Europe, Deverell finds her marriage and career thrust into turmoil.

Cast & Crew

Romola Garai
Angel Deverell
Lucy Russell
Nora Howe-Nevinson
Jacqueline Tong
Mother Deverell
Una Stubbs
Miss Dawson
Simon Woods
Clive Fennelly
François Ozon
Director
François Ozon
Screenwriter
Martin Crimp
Screenwriter
Alexandre Lippens
Co-Producer
Tanya Seghatchian
Executive Producer
Denis Lenoir
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Critic Reviews for Angel

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (11)

  • A film that's a total mess, but in kind of a beautiful way.

    March 19, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Franois Ozon is a Gallic Michael Winterbottom, if not in style then at least in his determination to do something different every time. As with Winterbottom, sometimes the result is great and sometimes not.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • The French director Franois Ozon has taken Elizabeth Taylor's beadily satiric novel and transformed it into a droll and somewhat disturbing fantasia on the creative temperament.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Choosing to clothe his whole movie in the outr frocks of a bad Technicolor romance, Ozon serves up camp fun, but that's it.

    August 29, 2008 | Full Review…
  • But this really is a failure - an honourable failure, arguably, but a failure, and a pretty complete one at that.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The film bristles with contemporary subtext and takes swipes at mediocre artists who believe their own press, and the culture of celebrity.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Angel

  • Nov 06, 2012
    The background outdoor scenery was a joke. I seriously couldn't get passed that. Oh, and the sappiness of it all, too. I turned this off after an hour...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2011
    See review here: http://www.flixster.com/movie/angel-the-real-life-of-angel-deverell
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2010
    it gets two stars purely for sam neill who looks gorgeous as ever!! but this movie isnt for me!! the leading lady cant act for shit and gives the character such arragance and irritates me to the point that makes the movie so unbearable its truly annoyingly terrible!!!
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2008
    A friend recommended this Movie to me long time now. I was a little bit skeptical at first but gave it a try and I must say there were moments in the Movie I was confused but it is watchable. Based on the book by Elizabeth Taylor, "Angel", this is the story of a young woman with incredible imagination who refuses to accept the world around her, and creates her own realities.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer

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