Besson does mid-life crisis with charm

By eurenda
Written March 13, 2007
I had the opportunity to see this delightful film during a Besson tribute weekend in LA, and what a joy it was to watch. Jamel Debbouze delivers a charming comedic performance that shows some introspection and tenderness on his character's part, all driven by Rie Rasmussen's sweet angelic performance. You will recognize some dialog that is typical of character's interacting in a Besson film, but the director states that the film reflects many of his own thought's, and that Jamel's performance is really driven by Besson's own life. The relationship and comedic devices in the movie are well used, as is the cinematography that depicts a sometimes desolate Paris (something Besson obtained by sending the papparazzi over to The DaVinci Code which was filming in Paris at the same time). An overall pleasure to watch, and something that although not typical of Besson, has an unmistakable Besson touch.
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Besson does arthouse!

By eurofilm
Written March 12, 2007
This isn't your usual Luc Besson film from what you came to expect from his action movies such as LA FEMME NIKITA or THE PROFESSIONAL, but it's still got his quirky fun pop touch. It's essentially WINGS OF DESIRE in Paris, pop style, shot in beautiful b/w , a poetic declaration of love to the city of Paris and also somewhat personal and moving as a character story. Very simple, but fun and poetic, even if it often borders on camp. Besson revealed in the Qand A that he had a critical moment himself once in his life that inspired a key scene in teh film for the character (the mirror scene, dont wanna give too much away). Yes, this is some kickass angel and she is also a filmmaker in her own right btw, curious to see her work (Besson produced her short).
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Angel-A is unique and enjoyable

By CaptainMallory
Written March 13, 2007
Any Luc Besson fan should see Angel-A, the logical next step in the filmmaker's evolution. But even those who are not familiar with Besson's work will enjoy this uniquely funny and touching adult fairytale. Besson's films have always had touches of humor, but Angel-A brings them centerstage, and with Jamel Debbouze (who to U.S. audiences most notably played the grocer's assistant in Amelie) in the main role of an out-of-luck con artist with a confidence problem, the film offers many unexpected laugh-out-loud moments. Overall, the great thing about "Angel-A" is that it is a unique fillm that, while veering dangerously close to camp at one or two moments toward the end, keeps you engaged and entertained throughout its 90-minute runtime. That alone, in this era of 3-hour remakes and spinoffs, should be enough to justify the ticket price. The bonus is, it's a really good picture by a filmmaker who has grown up without losing his spirit.
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At least the cinematography's good

By Stefanek
Written June 02, 2007
Paris looks stunning in this movie, which is shot in beautiful black and white. The premise is good, but the social critiques are too limited and the ending is disappointingly predictable.
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By angieruiz
Written March 13, 2007
Luc Besson is one of my favorite filmmakers and Angel-A was nothing short of fantastic! I love the surreal touch he gives to this film, shot in black and white. It reminded me of a live art exhibit I had seen at The Tate Modern in London. Watching Jamel Debbouze's character's catharsis fueled by the child-like optimism of Angel-A (Rie) was a wonderful experience. It was like La Femme Nikita meets the main character in The Big Blue! Fantastic!
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