The ten year-old Angela and her little sister Ellie move to an old house in the countryside with her parents Mae and Andrew. Their mother has mental illness and has just left an institution... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.

Director: Rebecca Miller
Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, Fairuza Balk
Pretty Baby (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Fourteen year old Julien is in love with his cousin, Julia.

Director: David Hamilton
Stars: Thierry Tevini, Anja Schüte, Valérie Dumas
Child Bride (1938)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Schoolteacher in a rural community campaigns to stop the practice of older men marrying young, underage girls.

Director: Harry Revier
Stars: Shirley Mills, Bob Bollinger, Warner Richmond
Kid Svensk (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The year is 1984. It's summer, and the rebellious 12-year-old girl Kid wants to stay in Gothenburg, but her mother has other plans. Kid discovers that summer vacation in Finland isn't as ... See full summary »

Director: Nanna Huolman
Stars: Mia Saarinen, Milka Ahlroth, Jim Rautiainen
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Sculptor Paul meets a former great love again after a long time -- but is much more impressed by her 15-year-old daughter, Laura, who looks like her mother when Paul was in love with her. ... See full summary »

Director: David Hamilton
Stars: Maud Adams, Dawn Dunlap, James Mitchell
Angela I (2002)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

True story of an attractive Sicilian mob-wife who participates in her husband's drug-dealing business and falls for her husband's lackey.

Director: Roberta Torre
Stars: Donatella Finocchiaro, Andrea Di Stefano, Mario Pupella
Jag är Maria (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

11-year-old Maria is forced to stay with her relatives in a small town. She becomes friends with a quirky, drunken painter.

Director: Karsten Wedel
Stars: Lise-Lotte Hjelm, Peter Lindgren, Helena Brodin
Alex (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of a child who faces the emptiness that surrounds the figure of his parents, disappeared in Africa.

Director: Teresa Villaverde
Stars: Ricardo Colares, Teresa Roby, Joaquim de Almeida
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

Director: Nicolas Gessner
Stars: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.

Director: Rebecca Miller
Stars: Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Mike Binder
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Gilles Volta
Stars: Elbera Volta, Marie Balmelle, Félicie Roger
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miranda Rhyne ...
Angela (as Miranda Stuart Rhyne)
Charlotte Eve Blythe ...
Ellie (as Charlotte Blythe)
...
Mae (as Anna Thomson)
...
Andrew
Ruth Maleczech ...
Sleepwalker
...
Preacher
Garrett Bemer ...
Tom
...
...
Darlene
Henry Stram ...
Man at Fair
Caitlin Hall ...
Anne (as Sara Caitlin Hall)
...
Anne's Mother (as Francis Conroy)
Gerard Lyons III ...
Anne's Father
Rodger L. Phillips ...
Frank
Io Tillett Wright ...
Sam
Edit

Storyline

The ten year-old Angela and her little sister Ellie move to an old house in the countryside with her parents Mae and Andrew. Their mother has mental illness and has just left an institution and her husband tries to keep the dysfunctional family together. Angela is an imaginative disturbed girl that might have inherited the illness of her mother and is obsessed by purification to get rid of her sins; and has visions of the fallen angel Lucifer and the Virgin Mary. She leads her little sister in her paranoia and uses a circle of toys and dolls to protect them against evil. They have a crazy neighbor that Angela believes is an angel and she asks the woman how to find the way to heaven. When Mae returns to the institution, Angela becomes uncontrollable in her quest to heaven. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angela und der Engel  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Boom mic visible. Several times throughout the film, a boom mic (and even part of the boom) is VERY clearly visible, mostly in outdoor scenes when the boom was more necessary. This is a masking problem on an early DVD release, and is probably present on any VHS release as well (the DVD is likely transferred from the VHS). The movie was filmed in academy ratio with the intent to mask it to widescreen, in which it was shown in theaters. When telecined to VHS/DVD for home use to watch on your TV set, or perhaps even for TV broadcast, it wasn't masked: black bars were not placed over the top and bottom to make it letterboxed for widescreen. This was commonly done in Pan&Scan versions of many theatrical movies for TV broadcast and VHS release so you could get the whole screen without those annoying black bars which would give you a smaller amount of image to squint at. Unfortunately, with the whole screen image you also get portions of the image that were not meant to be seen, such as boom mics and track lights on the top and cables and camera dolly tracks and crew-members feet on the bottom. Older DVD releases of many movies just copied the full-screen without remasking it, which would require a whole new telecine transfer from the original film source. Even some newer DVD releases INCORRECTLY masked some movies, as the bars either weren't covering enough or were disproportional (covering too much on top and too little on bottom or vice-versa), since the widescreen aspect ratio varies and WHERE you put the masks can vary in a single movie. This is a big controversy, and happens more frequently than you might think; see the 3-DVD release of the Back To The Future trilogy for a famous example of improper masking. Pretty much, whenever you see boom mics visible, it is almost always a masking problem on a video release (TV broadcast or VHS or DVD transfer); it is not the fault of the director or cinematographer or editor. See more »

Quotes

Angela: [thinking she is seeing the devil in front of her, hiding her eyes and praying] Mary, full of grace, take away this ugly face. Mary, full of grace, take away this ugly face.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Wear See more »

Soundtracks

Angel Of Mercy
Performed by Greta Gaines
Written by Greta Gaines
Courtesy of Sweat Ride Music
© 1994
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Poetic, beautifully non-sentimental study of perspectives in the forgotten universe known as childhood
28 June 2000 | by (Culver City, CA) – See all my reviews

The two girls playing the lead parts here are total amateurs who act better actors' studio veterans. 'Level of belief beyond what any adult actors could achieve' is right, as Rebecca Miller, the director and writer, put it herself in her introduction on IFC. 'Jessica' is the story of a sort of modern day, adventurous, 'Huckleberry Finn type 10 year old girl living in the boondocks (Poughkeepsie?) with parents who are apparently former aspiring entertainer/artists who have now resigned themselves to the loss of their dreams and are having some weird, not quite clearly stated (but better for it being so)problems in their relationship. The mother succumbs to mental illness and Jessica, in order to cope creates an imaginary universe of 'order' based on the odd mixture of beliefs she's been taught in the (Christian Scientist?)household. Her only disciple is her little sister Ellie who follows her around as they do things to absolve themselves from whatever 'sins' they have committed, and 'go to heaven.' The wonderfully eccentric plot is beside the point though, because what emerges here is a unique perspective from the vantage point of a (quite mature but not vulgar) 10 year old, which automatically takes the viewer back to the forgotten soul of the 10 year old in themselves (not the silly Star Wars junkie type 10 year old soul, but the unspoiled , down-to-earth-in-its-flights-of-fancy, ten year old imagination that exists to whatever degree in all kids before it is forever eradicated). This is not easy; it is not like making a Disney movie. It requires super-involved naturalistic acting on the level of Brando and DeNiro from children. What Miller knows to her great credit is that children are much more likely to become 'themselves living in a different world' and therefore, a 'character' because they do not yet have the inhibitions that block most adult actors from believing the film world is real! The film world is as 'real' to them, as anything else once they get used to it. Jean-Pierre Leaud (for instance) has never again achieved the level of realism, as an experienced adult actor, that he did in 'The 400 Blows.' I'm glad I recorded this beautiful little film (since it's not available on video and is only shown once in a long while on IFC)because it clearly belongs in the same class of No-BS movies about childhood exemplified by 'The Little Fugitive,''Forbidden Games,''400 Blows,' and 'Au Revoir Les Enfants.'


22 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Excuse me, but... el_monty_BCN
Did anyone understand the ending? goblinqueen-1
CRITERION! shareparadisenow
Mental Illness neill1-1
Music that Rules enlightenedbree
Filming Location michellelaumb
Discuss Angela (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?