Angel-A

2005

Angel-A (2005)

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Critic Consensus: The clunky dialogue and shallow characters fail to capitalize upon Angel-A's stunning, poetic cinematography.

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A moralistic tale about a man, Andre, who gets a second chance in life when he meets Angela, a tall, femme fatale whom he saves from a suicide bid in the Seine River. The two spend a memorable summer night in nearly deserted Paris where Angela exposes herself as a true angel, sent down to save Andre from himself.

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Cast

Jamel Debbouze
as André Moussah
Akim Chir
as Le chef des malfrats #1
Eric Balliet
as Garde du corps Franck
Loic Pora
as Le malfrat #2
Venus Boone
as La mère d'Angela
Jerome Guesdon
as Le malfrat #3
Michel Bellot
as Le planton US
Michel Chesneau
as Le flic commissariat
Olivier Claverie
as Le sécrétaire US
Solange Milhaud
as La femme de Saint-Lazare
Franck-Olivier Bonnet
as Le dernier client
Akim Colour
as Le chef des malfrats #2
Tonio Descanvelle
as Client Angela 2
Grigori Manukov
as Le serveur roumain
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Critic Reviews for Angel-A

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (33)

... a visually sumptuous, dramatically inert fable ...

Jul 26, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5

Familiar situations and trite dialogue give this movie the feel of something freeze-dried and reconstituted.

Jul 15, 2007 | Full Review…

Besson's black-and-white angel fantasy is a weak homage to Wings of Desire, if that's what he was shooting for.

Jul 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Luc Besson returns to his roots in this delightful, funny and stylish fantasy. Shot in gloriously crisp black and white, it's also a bit of a throwback to the French New Wave for its technique and dazzling location vignettes across Paris.

Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
Top Critic

You desperately want the story, and the characters, to make some kind of emotional sense. This, however, does not happen.

Jun 21, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Counterfeit art-house chic writ large -- a French film that fails to produce the ineffable charms of the yesteryear movies it brazenly imitates.

Jun 21, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Angel-A

½

Not all Luc Besson's movies like me. But this one is great. I laugh like crazy. It's a comedy/drama very good told. it should be remembered as a classic even whe the critics think is so bad. Or may be that I just like corny and funny movies with good FX. Who knows!

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

Super Reviewer

½

Weclome return for luc besson being you here a small and nicely crafed movie with to fine performances keeping the story moving.Shoot in Black and white and in paris this as a lot of chram there is'nt much going on but its the two leads that keeps the film alive and very watchable.Recommand to all luc besson fan .

Brian De Guelle
Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

I liked it, good film. Reminded me of my times in Paris, and how such a romantic city it is. C'est La Vie. B&W, English subtitiles.

Alexander Wilson
Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

½

When a downtrodden small timer tries to kill himself when faced with insurmountable debts, he meets his guardian angel in the form of a statuesque beauty. Beautifully photographed in and around Paris, Angel-A sees Luc Besson returning to the familiar territory of French cinema in which beautiful but insane women always seem to fall for ugly French wasters! Rie Rasmussen's picture is probably filed under the word "goddess" in Wikipedia, and she shows some great talent for comedy with her character who is a cross between Clarence from It's A Wonderful Life and the ghost of Christmas present from Scrooged. Her "alternative" strategies when it comes to dealing with a suitably down at heel Jamel Debbouze's problems makes for some nice laughs and it has an easy and pleasant charm that is all too often missing from its schmaltz infested American counterparts. The plot is intriguing until the end, where it unfortunately falls down with an easy but unsatisfying resolution to supply the (decidedly un-French) happy ending, but it is still an engaging if lightweight little fantasy.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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