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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 Guildmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Manoel de Oliveira
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On DVD: Sep 20, 2011
Box Office: $47.7k
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Critic Reviews for The Strange Case Of Angelica

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | May 15, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
Boston Globe
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"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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2011
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for The Strange Case Of Angelica

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.

Carlos Magalhães

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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.

Emily Osinsky

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