The Strange Case Of Angelica (2010)
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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.
"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.
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A strange film that never decides whether it is supposed to be a technically refined drama or a surrealistic comedy. Oliveira is at his most self-indulgent, apparently throwing gorgeous visual compositions just to show off. Besides, the actors overact, the dialogue is terrible and the nonsensical plot leads nowhere.
Just a bunch of weird images that most don't make sense. The dialogues were weak and the plot was dumb. The most lively acting was delivered by a corpse.
For some reason I liked this one. While it was not the best film of the year, as many critics declared it to be, it held my interest. While slow in some spots, like the way the director lingered on a set after the scene ended, or the long car ride in the beginning of the film, I have to believe it was for some dramatic purpose other than just trying to make the film a little longer.
This film shows a man's descent into madness and obsession in a subtle way. He still acts somewhat normal (or as normal as a photographer can be), but his obsession with Angelica and the crop workers who do work the 'old fashioned way' starts his decent into madness.
I liked the dream scenes and the ending. While some parts could have been cut, like the breakfast scene at the boarding house where Isaac lives. That was the one part of the movie that did not hold my interest at all. I especially liked the songs that were sung by the crop workers as they toiled away. Would recommend to those who like a different kind of movie.
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