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1,196 Ratings


Directed by Luc Besson
France, 2005
Fantasy, Comedy, Romance


A moralistic tale about a man, Andre, who gets a second chance in life when he meets Angela, a tall femme fatale whom he saves from a suicide bid in the Seine River. The two spend a memorable summer night in nearly deserted Paris where Angela exposes herself as a true angel…

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Angel-A Directed by Luc Besson

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  • Charles Bury's rating of the film Angel-A

    Beautiful monochrome shots of Paris and its eye-popping arch bridges. Electric and emotionally intelligent for the most part. Perfect casting for the roles and the relationship dynamic is exciting, sincere and thought-provoking. Certainly not a bad job of a wacky premise.

  • Ian Pike's rating of the film Angel-A

    Funny, sad, beautiful. Beautifully framed and shot. The character Andre was slightly irritating at times (wanted to give him a slap!), but still highly enjoyable and thought provoking.

  • agger's rating of the film Angel-A

    Visually amazing through the carefully set up frames and, perhaps more importantly, the juxtaposition between the bodies of Rie Rasmussen and Debbouze. You can of course slag it off as a typical "cinema of the eye" piece in which everything is "pretty" but not an awful lot happens. Which is probably fair criticism but I was too busy ogling the thing.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Angel-A

    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.

  • sictransit's rating of the film Angel-A

    I think people forget that Besson is a pop-auteur, at least in his later career. He has written/directed/produced some cracking 'alternative/art/whatever' films, but at the heart of it, he likes a bit of cheese. I absolutely adore this film and was so happy when it came out, but then so sad that it would be his last directed film (not including Arthur et les Minimoys). I'm glad he's still writing and producing.

  • S. Singh's rating of the film Angel-A

    I agree with you OK PC, I think Besson was right to make this in black and white as well as having some beautiful cinematography, the ending was so disappointing, well, corny beyond belief and over the top. Despite this, I still really love it and liked the characters and their development throughout the film.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Angel-A

    On est loin de la légèreté d'un Capra ou de la subtilité d'un Lubitsch, ce n'est effectivement que du Besson, avec tout ce que cela comporte de lourd, de démonstratif et de terrien. Reste le marrant Debbouze qui fait, comme à l'accoutumée, du Debbouze.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Angel-A

    An overlooked mini-masterpiece from Besson with an unforgettable 'love yourself' mirror scene - transcendent therapy at its finest. The acute transitions between comedy, drama and fantasy are a marvel. The monochromatic cinematography is merely a bonus. What a wonderful film.

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