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Angel's Egg (1985)

Tenshi no tamago (original title)
A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.

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a young girl is the sole protector of a very precious, large egg. her lair is near a large, abandoned, decaying gothic city inhabited by restless shadows. a mysterious young man arrives one day, and eventually wins her trust. they converse sparsely about obscure philosophical and theological topics, and she shows him some astonishing fossils and works of historic and scientific art. the ending is a bit shocking, and very ambiguous, leaving many unanswered questions and tons of room for interpretation. Written by Rev. Elgaroo Brenza

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Was released in Australia in an edited form under the title "In the aftermath: Angels never sleep" with some obscure live-action footage included. See more »

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Boy: I've seen a tree like this somewere... When was it? So long ago that I've forgotten... Under a sky where the clouds made sound as they moved. The black horizon swelled and from it grew a huge tree. It sucked the life from the ground... And it's pulsing branches reached up, as if to grasp something...
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Oh my god this is the greatest movie I ever seen in my life!
22 March 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

There is this movie, called Tenshi no Tamago which translates to Angel's Egg, and if End of Evangelion is the 2001: A Space Odessy of animé then Angel's Egg is the Eraserhead. There is a lot of symbolism that can and has been interprented in a lot of very interesting way, yet the simplistic core of the story is enough. The story is about a little Girl who lives alone in this scary, Gothic and beautiful city. It seems then end of the world has happened and the girl is living in the ruins of a long dead world. The Girl is tending over a large egg. A Man with a scarred hand and caring a cross-like weapon comes along and offers the Girl is protection.

The visuals are haunting and the score leaves you stunned. The ending is a very ambiguous one and I would love to have a long conversation about what it means.

The Man's identity is the most lurid part of the film; is he Christ or a deceiver?

Any person with the slightest interest in animé must see this film. Any cineast must see it to be able the call himself a cineast.

This is with little doubt one of the best films ever made.


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