Angel (2007)




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

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A destitute but determined young woman living in turn-of-the-century England ascends the social ranks after authoring a series of successful romantic novels in French writer/director François Ozon's first English-language feature. Romola Garai takes on the title role in a French and Belgian co-production co-starring Sam Neill, Charlotte Rampling, and Michael Fassbender and financed by Fidélité Films, Canal+, Celluliod Dreams, France 2, and Pan-Européenne. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Romola Garai
as Angel Deverell
Sam Neill
as Théo
Jacqueline Tong
as Mother Deverell
Janine Duvitski
as Aunt Lottie
Christopher Benjamin
as Lord Norley
Una Stubbs
as Miss Dawson
Jemma Powell
as Angelica
Simon Woods
as Clive Fennelly
Seymour Matthews
as Norley Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Angel

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (1)

Ozon's film plays a difficult hand, never settling for all-out high kitsch or straight melodrama. One of the year's most charming failures.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

The sumptuous visuals make it eminently watchable.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
What Culture

Ozon films this saga with a straight face, but the overripe dialogue, dodgy back-projection and unrestrained acting all signal that he is smirking behind his hand.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
Movie Talk

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

Full Review… | March 19, 2009

With a surface like a trashy novel and the undercurrents of a social satire, Ozon's British period drama is a slightly odd mix, feeling both arch and astute at the same time.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

François 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 28, 2008
London Evening Standard

Audience Reviews for Angel


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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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 Crazy
Film Crazy

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[font=Century Gothic]"Angel" starts in Edwardian England where young Angel(Romola Garai), daughter of a grocer(Jacqueline Tong), dreams of living in Paradise House, a grand mansion, not that far away physically but eternities away socially. The thing is she wants to be there as mistress, not as a servant like her Aunt Lottie(Janine Duvitski). So, while avoiding school, Angel daydreams, writes them down and sends them to publishers in London. Miraculously, one(Sam Neill) accepts the manuscript and the book becomes a best seller. Angel's success puts her in the company of the top rungs of society that include Lord Norley(Christopher Benjamin) and his two grown children, Esme(Michael Fassbender), a painter, and Nora(Lucy Russell), an aspiring poet and huge fan.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Francois Ozon, "Angel" is a deceptively beguiling film. On the surface, the movie may seem like just another old fashioned rags to riches tale(so old fashioned, that rear projection is used on more on than one occasion) but Ozon subverts this by ironically placing a self-involved heroine at the center of the story whose vapid romances stand in direct contrast to Esme's dark and realistic paintings which do not sell. And instead of becoming a better person with her success, Angel becomes even more driven to write down her dreams which she falls deeper and deeper into.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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