In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing…
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From an aesthetic point of view “Angels” reminds me a lot of Dardenne brothers’ films. Mundane realism about the harsh reality that breaks those people who are in a fragile position – in this case young girls and working women. As much as “Angels” is about misogyny it’s about opportunism, money and corruption in contemporary China. A theme that keeps popping up in Chinese cinema, most likely for a reason.
Despite the movie being nothing truly exquisite, it sure is well made and it raises an interesting topic - or at least it does so in an interesting way: the female condition in China is seen through the involvement of many characters in a crude event that happens to two young girls. All the girls and women are powerless, and driven by events. The main character (an illegal immigrant) reflects all of them.