Angel-A (2005)



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.
R (for language and some sexual content)
Art House & International , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Jamel Debbouze
as André Moussah
Rie Rasmussen
as Angel-A
Gilbert Melki
as Franck
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
Laurent Jumeaucourt
as Le dragueur
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
Eric 'Parigo' Balliet
as Fanck's Bodyguard
Grigori Manoukov
as Romanian Waiter
Jil Milan
as Angela's Client 1
Jean-Marc Montalto
as Receptionist
Alain Zef
as Sommelier
Todd M. Cahme
as Angela's Father
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Critic Reviews for Angel-A

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (34)

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

July 26, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 15, 2007
Top Critic

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

July 13, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Counterfeit art-house chic writ large -- a French film that fails to produce the ineffable charms of the yesteryear movies it brazenly imitates.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Angel-A


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


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

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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

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