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14 March 2007 (Belgium) 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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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Angel, 10 May 2008
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Based on the novel by Elizabeth Taylor, this Francois Ozon directed movie was the closing film of the Berlin Film Festival last year, and while it played out like a biography of a fictional character, you can't help but to imagine how close it seemed to the flamboyance of the other Liz Taylor being infused into the titular character.

Movies based on biographies, such as Miss Potter with Rene Zellweger and La Vie En Rose with Marion Cotillard, seem to follow a formula of rags to riches, and basically living the dream that no one had imagined was possible. Naturally, being blessed with a talent and a gift helps too, and with Angel Deverell (Romola Garai), hers was a steely resolve of wanting to break out of her poverty cycle through her writing, an aspiring novelist with limited life experience, relying solely on her vivid imagination to paint literary marvels with her firm grasp of language, constructing sentences like a wordsmith many times her age.

What made her character compelling to watch and follow, is her living in a fantasy world she constructs for herself, which suits her perfectly as it provides for and fuels her imagination with romantic stories to enchant and endear herself to her readers. It shields her from her insecurities, but in doing so, she slowly isolates herself into her view of Paradise, and becomes a chronic liar, which I felt she's constantly aware of, but is ashamed to admit any stain in the perfect world.

Delivered in two distinct acts, things start to change when she meets the Howe-Nevisons. Nora (Lucy Russell), probably her #1 fan who simply worships the ground she treads on, and offers to be her personal assistant, and her brother Esme (Michael Fassbender from 300 who said they'll fight in the shade!), with whom Angel falls head over heels for. And this stifling relationship takes a toil on all parties involved, with shades of possible lesbianism played down in the film (though I'm unsure what became of it in the novel). While Angel had her break from Theo (Sam Neill) the publisher who believed in her, Esme the aspiring painter has none, besides Angel who would probably say Yes to anything he says. And his portrait of her probably was the highlight for me in the movie. If a portrait painter needs to, and can peer directly into your innermost soul and bring whatever qualities he sees in you onto the canvas, then Esme would have succeeded with his god-ugly picture of Angel, reinforces meaning of being beautiful on the outside. but ugly on the inside.

The special effects were quite badly done, and perhaps deliberately too, as it's made up of very obviously superimposed shots of backgrounds that no longer exist because of modernization. Other than that, the rest of the production values are high, and the costumes too which Angel decked herself in, are quite a sight to behold, especially when there's a call for a change in colours to reflect the mood of the story as it wore on.

But what made this movie very palatable, is how Romola Garai carried the role through the story. You can just about believe the very naiveness and devil may care attitude that her Angel brings, however always seemingly able to hide and bury her true feelings deep within herself, and being a master manipulator also helped loads. Like how Charlotte Rampling's character of the publisher's wife reflected, you just can't help but to pity Angel, despite her pomp, flamboyance and hypocrisy.

So if you're interesting in a movie that provides avenue for an intriguing study of a person putting on a very fake mask, then Angel, despite its title, will be the movie for you to examine human traits which are anything but angelic.

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