Stéphane kills a notorious gangster, well known to the police. The quest for the crime leads to a crucial, cruel and dramatic intensity. With Michel Piccoli and Sylvie Vartan.
Stéphane Feuvrier has killed a man in her luxury apartment near Bordeaux. The victim is none other than Wadek Aslanian: a notorious gangster, well known to the police. He is a Robin Hood who shares part of his ill-gotten gains among the poor. Stéphane has met him while visiting prisoners. Now she claims he wanted to rape her. Magistrate Georges Feuvrier, the husband of Stéphane, entrusts her defense to a friend, Paul Delorme. He soon starts getting anonymous letters with the names of people he has to interrogate to get to the truth. The confused Paul, who has been in love with Stéphane for years, slowly starts to discover the truth about this mysterious woman. A yearning for the impossible is often an element in the films of Brisseau. In this case, it is about the desire to fathom the female experience of pleasure. Paul Delorme’s quest, a familiar form in modern cinema, builds in L’ange noir to a vital, cruel and and dramatic intensity. By deliberately playing with the clichés of crime melodramas and by adding music that expresses empathy, the film is made daring while also acquiring a dark sheen. –IFFR
Jean-Claude Brisseau (born 17 July 1944) is a French filmmaker best known for his 2002 film Secret Things (“Choses Secrètes”) and his 2006 film The Exterminating Angels (“Les Anges exterminateurs”).
In 2002 he was arrested on charges of harassment, fined and given a suspended one-year prison sentence. The plaintiffs were three women who had performed sex acts in front of him during their auditions. This was to form the basis of the The Exterminating Angels film.
He was formerly a professor at La Femis (Paris). His film Céline was nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival. At the Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the France Culture Award in 2003 for Secret Things; in 1988 he was awarded the Special Award for the Youth. —Wikipedia