André, a small-time ex-convict, seems to owe money to everyone in Paris, including a crime boss who promises to kill him if he doesn’t repay him by midnight. After failing to find protection from the American embassy and the French police, a despairing André scrambles onto a bridge over the Seine, intending to leap to his death. He is surprised to see a tall, beautiful girl clinging to a rail on the same bridge, apparently preparing to end her life as well. She jumps, and he jumps too, suddenly resolving to save her life. After scrambling ashore, she tells him her name is Angel-A. Together, they take a cruise on the Seine, repay André’s creditors, visit a Parisian nightspot, and more, as Angel-A helps André. He learns that for this purpose she has fallen out of the sky and into his life. André finds himself falling in love with this mysterious beauty. —IMDb
Luc Besson was born in Paris on March 18, 1959, and spent most of his childhood living in the idyllic settings of various Mediterranean hideaways where his parents worked as diving instructors.With Besson’s surroundings and family influences, it seemed assured that he would embark on a similar maritime career. From the age of 10, after an encounter with a friendly dolphin, Besson was determined to become a marine biologist, specializing in the study of the species.
Besson studied for this life plan throughout his teens until, at 17, a diving accident prevented him from ever diving again. His long-held dream cut short, Besson redirected his sights, deciding that he would become a filmmaker. Besson dropped out of school to seek work in the French film industry, and started making his own experimental films in super-8. At the age of 19, he moved to Los Angeles.
In 1983, after three years of experience as an Assistant Director, Besson made his first feature, Le Dernier Combat… read more
Whimsical and romantic effort from Besson. The visual look is gorgeous and Garbareks songs accompany the story perfectly. The casting is great and while the story might miss a beat or two the overall impression is however on the positive side. I just wish Besson would do more of this than churning out crappy B-movies as a producer and writer.
Luc has gotta get back in the game of directing, I really liked this film, the usage of a modern day angel story is so fascinating to see, not to mention the great idea of shooting in monochrome. Ah yeah, a real nice film. Besson man, stop writing and producing crap like From Paris With Love though, please!