Angel

Angel

Angel

The story of Angel Deverall, who lives in a flat above her mother’s grocery store but sustains a fiction that she is to the manor born and bound for glory as a famous author. Her utter self-belief enables her to achieve her unlikely ambitions – before long she has bought the house she pretends to own – but we soon find out that Angel is no angel.

Made in the style of the MGM screen sagas of the late 1930s, the film is a Technicolor costume drama with an old-fashioned sense of shooting and editing, a ‘sumptuous’ musical score and fine costumes.

2007Rating: M, contains sex scenes134 minsUK, Belgium, France
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Variety

Variety

press

A monumental piece of miscasting in the title role, and an apparently tin ear for the nuances of English dialogue by Gallic helmer Francois Ozon, clip the wings of "Angel" pretty much from the get-go. Good-looking adaptation of late British scribe Elizabeth Taylor's story of a young femme novelist's rise and fall in Edwardian England looks set to thud to earth...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The film looks scrumptious and sweetly old-fashioned, but the predictable storyline and the almost simplistic character of Angel don't deserve the lengthy two hours Ozon gives them. The film teeters on feeling like a wonderful adaptation of a trashy romantic chick-lit novel rather than a saga of grand and epic proportions...

3.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

While there are pleasures to be had here (the costuming is magnificent, matching Angel's mental state at every turn), it's hard to enjoy the film as either a straight melodrama or a comical satire...

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

A monumental piece of miscasting in the title role, and an apparently tin ear for the nuances of English dialogue by Gallic helmer Francois Ozon, clip the wings of "Angel" pretty much from the get-go. Good-looking adaptation of late British scribe Elizabeth Taylor's story of a young femme novelist's rise and fall in Edwardian England looks set to thud to earth...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The film looks scrumptious and sweetly old-fashioned, but the predictable storyline and the almost simplistic character of Angel don't deserve the lengthy two hours Ozon gives them. The film teeters on feeling like a wonderful adaptation of a trashy romantic chick-lit novel rather than a saga of grand and epic proportions...

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

While there are pleasures to be had here (the costuming is magnificent, matching Angel's mental state at every turn), it's hard to enjoy the film as either a straight melodrama or a comical satire...

3.0
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