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Angel (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 14 March 2007 (Belgium)
The rise and fall of a young eccentric British writer, in the early 20th century.

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François Ozon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romola Garai ... Angel Deverell
Sam Neill ... Théo
Lucy Russell ... Nora Howe-Nevinson
Michael Fassbender ... Esmé
Charlotte Rampling ... Hermione
Jacqueline Tong ... Mother Deverell
Janine Duvitski Janine Duvitski ... Aunt Lottie
Christopher Benjamin ... Lord Norley
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Marvell
Simon Woods ... Clive Fennelly
Jemma Powell ... Angelica
Alison Pargeter ... Edwina
Seymour Matthews Seymour Matthews ... Norley Doctor
Una Stubbs ... Miss Dawson
Jo Perrin Jo Perrin ... Publisher's secretary
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Storyline

Angel Deverell comes of age in Edwardian Cheshire knowing she will be a great writer. Rising above her class (her widowed mother has a grocery shop), Angel finds a publisher and a wide audience for her frothy romances. With royalties, she buys an estate, then she's smitten by Esme, a rake from local aristocracy and an artist of dark temperament. She hires Esme's sister Nora, who dotes on her, as a personal assistant, and pursues Esme. Angel is grandly self-centered, coloring her world as if it were one of her novels. When the Great War breaks out and reality begins to trump her will, can Angel hold on to her man and her public? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A dreary city tenement provides backdrop to this tale of exclusion and the magic it takes to become accepted.

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK | Belgium | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel - Ein Leben wie im Traum See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First English-speaking movie of French director François Ozon. See more »

Quotes

Angel Deverell: [from trailer] Everyone told me my dreams were lies. All I wanted was to make it true.
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Referenced in Une nouvelle amie (2014) See more »

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the melodrama dilemma
21 January 2008 | by princehalSee all my reviews

Hmmmm... if the reviews and comments I've seen are any indication, melodrama is as divisive as ever. I found Ozon's approach admirable: intelligent and objective but not satirically distanced, like Fassbinder without the cruelty. It seems clear to me that he is showing us not a realistic depiction of Angel's life but a version colored by her imagination. The intention is not to mock her but to allow us to share her experience, and to make up our own minds about the value of her fantasies. The closest to an authorial statement comes from the character least sympathetic to Angel: Charlotte Rampling as the publisher's wife comments that in spite of Angel's lack of talent or self-knowledge, she has to admire her drive to succeed. Of course we're not compelled to agree, but it strikes me as a fair assessment.

The reactions to this movie remind me of the uncomprehending dismissal of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, another story of a shallow, self-involved woman that insists on looking through her eyes. This kind of scrupulous generosity is in line with a tradition going back to Flaubert's Madame Bovary, and both directors have the stylistic confidence to carry it off. It may just be that they don't have the critics they deserve.


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