The Strange Case Of Angelica (2010)


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The new film from master filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, The Strange Case of Angelica is a magical tale about a young photographer who falls madly in love with a woman he can never have, except in his dreams. Late one night, Isaac is summoned by a wealthy family to take the last photograph of a young bride, Angelica, who mysteriously passed away. Arriving at their estate, Isaac is struck by Angelica's beauty, but when he looks through his lens, something strange happens - the young woman appears to come to life. From that moment, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night. -- (C) Cinema Guild

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Critic Reviews for The Strange Case Of Angelica

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9)

The Strange Case of Angelica is indeed strange and unsettling. What it isn't is compelling or satisfying.

May 15, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody.

May 13, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A quiet tale, told through a rarely moving camera and a playful, bewitching smile.

Apr 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/4

Nearly every shot in this new movie contains one glory or another.

Feb 10, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"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.

Jan 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 6, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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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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