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The Strange Case of Angelica (2010)
"O Estranho Caso de Angélica" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  16 March 2011 (France)
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A photographer is asked by hotel owners to take portraits of their recently deceased daughter.

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Angélica
Ricardo Trêpa ...
Isaac
Filipe Vargas ...
Marido
Luís Miguel Cintra ...
Engenheiro
Leonor Silveira ...
Mãe
Ana Maria Magalhães ...
Clementina
Carmen Santos ...
Mulher do Fotógrafo
Isabel Ruth ...
Criada
Paulo Matos ...
Homem da Gabardine
José Manuel Mendes ...
Dr. Matias
António Reis ...
António
Adelaide Teixeira ...
Justina
Ricardo Aibéo ...
Mendigo
Susana Sá ...
D. Rosa
Sofia de Portugal ...
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A magical tale about a young photographer who falls madly in love with a woman he can never have, except in his dreams. Late one night, Isaac is summoned by a wealthy family to take the last photograph of a young bride, Angelica, who mysteriously passed away. Arriving at their estate, Isaac is struck by Angelica's beauty, but when he looks through his lens, something strange happens - the young woman appears to come to life. From that moment, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night. Written by AnonymousB

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El extraño caso de Angélica  »

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Budget:

€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,499 (USA) (31 December 2010)

Gross:

$47,743 (USA) (6 May 2011)
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A ghost story - sort of
3 December 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was informed before the showing that Director Manoel de Oliviera was over 100 years old when he directed this film. So I took that into consideration. That may be one of the reasons I did not walk out half way through the screening.

However, in retrospect, this is not a bad film, but one that is very personal (for the director) to the extent it may not connect with everyone. Many inserts to the film (e.g. the labourers in the field) may have no bearing to the story but they were there. And an average Joe like me couldn't understand the reason why they were there. Metaphor, poetry, or scenery diversion may be the reasons but I could not tell.

In a sense it is a story about a young photographer losing his mind, and eventually his health, as a result of the escalating obsession following an encounter with a beautiful, dead woman. That I can relate to. But the story could definitely be told in a more lively, and less arty fashion to appeal to a larger audience.


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