The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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If you're going to shoot 80 percent of a film in extreme close-up, strictly training the camera on an actor's face at the expense of everything around her, you better make damn well sure you give us an interesting character to consider.
Angel Face lacks shading, pacing and nuance.
Filho never explicitly addresses the psychology of either character, staying in observational, in-the-moment mode instead of providing any kind of emotional insight or backstory.
Filho obviously wants to convey the naive outlook an impressionable young girl would have on her own situation, but there's far too much manipulation involved to take her selection of scenes seriously.
Angel Face is a pungent, realistic drama, portrayed with a claustrophobic camera and a constant use of the close-up, which results in a promising debut. [Full Review in Spanish]
The characters are never as interesting as they could be and considering that the film tells its story mostly via close ups, it winds up being disappointing. [Full Review in Spanish]
Despite youngster Aksoy-Etaix's commendable performance, not only will you not believe, you also won't care.
Angel Face manages to frame an unstable relationship in a way that allows each suffering party to face their own vices, instead of only showing their mutual combustion.
The premises are clear, but... does not work. [Full review in Spanish]
With a really splendid composition of the always elegant and contained Marion Cotillard in the role of a tacky, excessive, clumsy and uncontrolled mother, the film ends in a pseudo-ironic catharsis that she did not deserve... [Full review in Spanish]
Angel Face is a rare find... Many of the film's criticisms feel motivated less by the forgivable shakiness of a debut film and more by the contempt that we feel as a society for women with problems.
It begins brilliantly, framed with intensity and bathed in swathes of reds and purples - as the film progresses, however, Angel Face loses its rhythm and descends into perplexing territory.
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