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The Strange Case of Angelica is indeed strange and unsettling. What it isn't is compelling or satisfying.
An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody.
A quiet tale, told through a rarely moving camera and a playful, bewitching smile.
Nearly every shot in this new movie contains one glory or another.
"The Strange Case of Angelica" tells its tale of love and death with a captivating mix of formality, ambiguity and offbeat humor. On the surface a simple fable, it's actually much more.
Because of his age and experience, de Oliveira brings a wider perspective to everything he shoots; if he places his camera in the middle of a street, he tries to convey the way it was decades ago, not just how it is now.
The film should have been called 'The Strange Case of Isaac' and admitted its true direction.
Angelica is every bit as concerned with the problems of cinema as Oliveira's more theatrically inclined works, but explores them through more specifically visual means.
Oliveira's first use of 21st-century digital technology paradoxically marks a return to the origins of cinema with the special effects trembling with a handcrafted sincerity and shimmering sense of wonder
This whimsical, ethereal tale of love and death is as light as a feather, but charming in its own way.
An old-fashioned 21st Century movie.
Some dreamlike photography and a soothing musical score are pluses but slow, draggy telling is likely to frustrate the viewer.
Oliveira is at his most self-indulgent, throwing gorgeous visual compositions in a strange film that never decides if it is supposed to be a technically refined drama or a surrealistic comedy, while the actors overact, the dialogue is terrible and the nonsensical plot leads nowhere.
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