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Release Date:
14 March 2007 (Belgium) See more »
A dreary city tenement provides backdrop to this tale of exclusion and the magic it takes to become accepted.
The rise and fall of a young eccentric British writer, in the early 20th century. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Romola Garai ... Angel Deverell

Sam Neill ... Théo

Lucy Russell ... Nora Howe-Nevinson

Michael Fassbender ... Esmé

Charlotte Rampling ... Hermione
Jacqueline Tong ... Mother Deverell
Janine Duvitski ... Aunt Lottie
Christopher Benjamin ... Lord Norley
Tom Georgeson ... Marvell

Simon Woods ... Clive Fennelly

Jemma Powell ... Angelica
Alison Pargeter ... Edwina
Seymour Matthews ... Norley Doctor

Una Stubbs ... Miss Dawson
Jo Perrin ... Publisher's secretary

Ruth England ... Neighbour

Rosanna Lavelle ... Lady Irania
Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Sebastian (as Geoffrey Streatfield)

Roger Morlidge ... Journalist

Teresa Churcher ... Governess

John Rowe ... Paradise Doctor

Edward MacLiam ... Angelica's Husband
Oscar Redif ... Esme's Son
Alice Hubball ... Esme's Friend
Simon Shrimpton Smith ... Bearded man at awards (as Simon Smith Shrimpton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bennett ... Labourer (uncredited)
Aurel Fox ... Extra (uncredited)
Roland Javornik ... Party Guest (uncredited)

CinSyla Key ... Young aristocrat (uncredited)

Directed by
François Ozon 
Writing credits
Elizabeth Taylor (novel)

François Ozon (written by)

François Ozon (dialogue) &
Martin Crimp (dialogue)

Produced by
Olivier Delbosc .... producer
Christopher Granier-Deferre .... co-producer
Genevieve Lemal .... co-producer
Alexandre Lippens .... co-producer
Marc Missonnier .... producer
Tanya Seghatchian .... executive producer
Bernadette Thomas .... associate producer: Poisson Rouge Pictures
Original Music by
Philippe Rombi 
Cinematography by
Denis Lenoir 
Film Editing by
Muriel Breton 
Casting by
Karen Lindsay-Stewart 
Production Design by
Katia Wyszkop 
Art Direction by
Alexandra Lassen 
Set Decoration by
Gérard Marcireau 
Costume Design by
Pascaline Chavanne 
Makeup Department
Virginie Berland .... assistant makeup artist
Peggy Bernaerts .... hair stylist
Rebecca Flores .... makeup artist
Marese Langan .... hair designer
Marese Langan .... makeup designer
Gill Robillard .... key makeup artist
Michelle Van Brussel .... assistant makeup artist
Jill Wertz .... makeup artist: second unit
Production Management
Susana Antunes .... post-production supervisor
Aurore Benoit .... assistant unit manager (as Aurore Benoît)
Nadine Borreman .... production manager
Didier Jacquemotte .... unit manager
Jeremy Johns .... unit production manager: UK development
Tori Parry .... production manager
Pierre Wallon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Booth .... second assistant director: UK prep
Dominique Delany .... first assistant director
Benoît Giorgini .... third assistant director
Matthew Grant .... trainee assistant director: UK
Olivia Lloyd .... second assistant director
Caroline Tambour .... assistant director
Art Department
Benoît Bechet .... assistant art director
Tatiana Bouchain .... art department coordinator
Renaud Charlier .... scenic technician
Manuel Demoulling .... chargehand stand-by props
Manuel Demoulling .... property master
Thierry Doerflinger .... plasterer
Peter Hallam .... property master
Alexandra Lassen .... assistant art director
Pascal Leguellec .... assistant art director
Etienne Mercier .... assistant set decorator
Alberto Sebastiani .... scenic painter
Smygol .... head carpenter
Oli van der Vijver .... stand-by prop
Roger Tarry .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... foley recording mixer
Christian Bass .... adr editor
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Nicolas Bouvet .... assistant sound editor
Rym Debbarh-Mounir .... assistant sound editor
Olivier Ferrari .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Fosh .... adr artist
Benoît Hillebrant .... sound editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Pascal Jasmes .... boom operator
Forbes KB .... adr artist
Pierre Mertens .... sound
Special Effects by
Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin .... snow effects floor supervisor
Visual Effects by
Vadim Androussoff .... digital compositor
Hugo Arcier .... visual effects
Axel Bonami .... digital compositor
Guillaume Carniato .... digital compositor
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects director
Solena Collignon .... digital compositor
Jean-Nicolas Costa .... digital restoration
Claire Cuinier .... digital compositor
Bertrand de Saint Seine .... visual effects assistant editor
Séverine De Wever .... visual effects coordinator
François Dupuy .... digital intermediate technical director
Marion Frelat .... visual effects coordinator
Thibaut Granier .... digital compositor
Emmanuel Le Courbe .... digital compositor
Guillaume Le Gouez .... digital compositor
Elodie Ly Tri .... retouch and restoration
Benoit Philippon .... visual effects
Joel Pinto .... digital compositor
Charlotte Quemy .... retouch and restoration
Sebastien Rame .... digital compositor
Olivier Ryard .... digital compositor
Mikael Tanguy .... digital compositor
Christian Tomikowski .... digital compositor
Georges Tornero .... visual effects coordinator
Daniel Trujillo .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Cazzitti .... electrician
Philippe Cointepas .... clapper loader: UK
Tanguy Delhez .... additional electrician
Olivier Dirksen .... additional electrician
Dimitri Doulkeridis .... key rigging
Warwick Drucker .... additional grip
Peter Franken .... additional electrician
Valentina Iorio .... grip
Témoudjine Janssens .... grip
Adam Lincoln .... clapper loader: dailies
Jean-Claude Moireau .... still photographer
Jean-François Roqueplo .... key grip
Jan Rubens .... Steadicam operator
Roel Tanghe .... additional electrician
Stéphane Thiry .... grip
Sébastien Tran .... second assistant camera
Dirk Van Rampelbergh .... pre-lighting gaffer
Casting Department
Michaël de Nijs .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Boisgontier .... assistant costume designer
Lee Croucher .... costume stand-by
Charlotte Finlay .... assistant costume designer
Natasha Francotte .... wardrobe
Andrew Hunt .... costume assistant
Lise Lejeune .... wardrobe
Lorenzo Mancianti .... key props costume
Editorial Department
Agnès Gaudet .... assistant editor
Aurélie Laumont .... color timer
Natacha Louis .... digital color grader
Fabien Pascal .... colorist
Music Department
Jean-Pierre Arquié .... music supervisor (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Benjamin Caillaud .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Stéphane Reichart .... music mixer
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Philippe Rombi .... conductor
Philippe Rombi .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Alain Cools .... star driver
Nicolas De Zuttere .... driver: cast
Muriel Kuypers .... star driver
Noureddine Zerrad .... head production driver
Other crew
Emmanuelle Balestrieri .... financial controller
Carrie-Ann Banner .... assistant production coordinator
Martine Branckaert .... assistant location manager
Nancy Brasseur .... production accountant
Jo Cameron Brown .... voice coach
Bruno Cassoni .... additional assistant director
James Chesterton .... key floor runner
Laurence De Windt .... production assistant
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator: UK
Sam Ennis .... catering chef
Sophie Fortat .... production accountant
Lucy Foulds .... unit manager: london
Nicholas Frank .... legal affairs assistant
Anne Gerles .... production assistant
Anne Gerles .... production coordinator
Agathe Grau .... script supervisor
Amélia Guyader .... marketing manager
Sian Habell-Aili .... assistant production coordinator: London
Michael Harm .... location manager
Naomi Harvey .... daily runner
Natasha Hook .... unit nurse
Jérôme Jouneaux .... unit publicist
Claude Ludovicy .... facilities manager
Erwan Morelle .... set production assistant: Belgium
Adrien Moscovici .... production assistant
Daisy Sadler .... production assistant
Iris Schoolmeesters .... location manager trainee
Pascal Vallart .... production accountant
Peter Van den Borre .... location manager

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113 min | Germany:119 min
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When Garai first went to the audition for this film, the director turned her away because she was looking too 'rough'. The actress came back again, all dressed up, and ended up winning the role of Angel.See more »


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57 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
La vie rêvée des anges, 28 March 2007
Author: moimoichan6 ( from Paris, France

It starts quite strangely for a movie about the life of a romantic novel writer in the early XX century Britain, with a wannabe Danny Elfman's music, an ugly pink opening, and an actress obviously too old for the part she plays. But, as the movie goes on, if the strangeness still remains, all this elements begin to make sense and create and original, and I think, never experimented on screen, world. ANGEL is indeed a really good surprise if you manage to accept and enter the inner world that the movie describes, and the kitsch atmosphere of Ozon's style (witch was for me unbearable in his previous movies, like "8 Femmes", but that absolutely fits the subject of this movie). When I learned that Ozon directed a movie in English about a young artist, I was waiting for a sort of kitsch version of ESTER KAHN (the wonderful movie another French director – Arnaud Despechin – made about a young lady in Britain in the early XX century), but I couldn't be more wrong : ANGEL is a sort of feminine (or Gay) version of Tim Burton's ED WOOD, describing how a strong imagination – no matter how bad it is – can completely recreates the world, and how you can fully lives in a fantasy universe, when you believe hard enough in your talent and your art .

The movie tells us the life of Angel (Ramola Garai, who has everything to become the new Ludivine Sagner for François Ozon), from her childhood, where she dreams, upstairs the family's grocery, of the fastidious and glamorous life of a famous writer, to her success in the house of her dreams : Paradise house, where she has everything she ever dreamed of when she was young. The originality of this movie is that everything is seen with Angel's eyes. And her eyes only see what her imagination tells them to see, for she doesn't live in reality, but always fills it with dreams, so that she can live as if she were one of her romantic heroine. Whatever awful and sad the word might be, it never touches Angel, for she always transforms it with her imagination the way she wants. And imagination, she has plenty... Of course, her world is a childish, puerile and kitsch world of a bad Barbara Cartland 's novel and the movie completely recreates it on screen, with all the artifices it supposes : from the colors – that explains the pink – to the situations : when she proposes Esme, the man she chooses to love, the rain suddenly stops when he says yes, and a rainbow appears : empirical reality doesn't exist here, for Angel is unable to see it. But, and here's the all interest of the movie, the spectator, on the other hand, is absolutely able to watch it.

This tension between the strong believing that Angel puts in her world, and the ridiculous that the spectator sometimes sees in it, is mostly tangible thought other character's eyes (like Charlotte Ramplin is the more judgmental, she's the first to condemn Angel's books, but mostly for personal reasons : she can't stand the pretentious and rude young lady with whom her husband is falling in love, or Esme, the untalented painter, who is also one of this ambiguous character, for he accepts his wife universe, but is unable to really find his place in this fictive world). And the movie constantly plays with this two degrees, witch brings humanity, cruelties and sadness to the shinny but unreal world it describes. That's also why this movie is so surprising : we never know exactly where we are : is this a dream, when will it stops, will reality goes after it in the end ? This constant instability regenerates the spectator interest for this movie, and keep it far from the classical costumed movie about the rise and fall of an English women writer it could have been.

That's also why this movie reminds me of Tim Burton's ED WOOD, for, beyond their differences, they both deal with the same thematic of the triumph of an artistic imagination over the world, and the fall that fallows this triumph, and they also share a melancholic tone, as well as real understanding and compassion for untalented but passionate artists.

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