Sunday, 16 December 2007


Writer/Dir: Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional, La Femme Nikita)
Cast: Rie Rasmussen, Jamel Debbouze, Gilbert Melki, Serge Riaboukine
France, 2007

Seen: June 27/07 at the Royal

Reason to see: Luc Besson is one of my favourite directors, also as week 27 for 52 weeks of seeing film in the theatre in a row.

I'm a long time fan on Luc Besson and I'll admit after seeing the preview for this I was a little hesitant about seeing the film. Although it promised unconventional relationship, a strong female character and a lot of visual style and being in black and white to boot. All of that on paper seems completely great. What made me hesitate was some of the gender dynamics and an odd reoccurring focus of the camera to between Angel-a's legs. Now, Besson has historically had fantastic female characters in his films (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element), so I thought I would let that go as maybe I was reading too much into it. Unfortunately I wasn't, it was oddly predominant in the film and although I believe they were going in essence an empowering thing and/or that is wasn't about gender but character, but it didnt't really work for me. Putting that aside, the films actual main focus is a down on his luck guy for whom an angel drops from the sky to take care of him. There are moral questions that come into play, the two have and interesting dynamic and it is well shot. Overall, it wasn't one that I overly enjoyed and unlike many films this year it was the film that the preview represented.

Shannon's Overall View:
It was not to my taste
I'll likely not watch it again
I'd recommend it to those who enjoy quirky French films and don't mind some gender crap

preshow included no commercials and 3 previews: Manufacturing Dissent, Red Road and The Boss of it All

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Anonymous said...

I'm also a big Besson fan but for me, there was enough of the "woman with power and control" that it let me enjoy the film for its beauty.


Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I'm thrilled to hear it Marina! I think I was too skeptical going in to enjoy it.

PIPER said...

I'm interested in this because from the trailer it looks like she's an angel but then something more because it looks like she turns evil or something. I have a big fan of Luc Besson and you forgot Natalie Portman in strong female roles. She was pretty damn good in The Professional.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I'm trying to decide it I agree with you about Natalie Portman in The Professional. I think I intentionally left the film off as it's more about Leon than her, and because it's the role of a child. I do think it was strong though. Very interesting.

I hope if you get to see Angel-A, you like it!

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