The gambling scenes are montages cut to a quick tempo, using mostly dissolves, and pass by in a dreamlike blur… In every other scene, the takes are long and fluid, without many cuts—they have a wandering, leisurely rhythm. The alternation of styles gives the movie a tension that has nothing to do with conventional suspense. In Bay of Angels, as in no other movie about gambling, whether the players win or lose feels fundamentally irrelevant. The experience is all that matters.
July 22, 2014