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The Strange Case of Angelica (2010)

O Estranho Caso de Angélica (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 16 March 2011 (France)
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A photographer is asked by hotel owners to take portraits of their recently deceased daughter.

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writer:

Manoel de Oliveira (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pilar López de Ayala ... Angélica
Filipe Vargas Filipe Vargas ... Marido
Isabel Ruth Isabel Ruth ... Criada
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Mãe
Ana Maria Magalhães Ana Maria Magalhães ... Clementina
Susana Sá Susana Sá ... D. Rosa
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Engenheiro
Ricardo Aibéo Ricardo Aibéo ... Mendigo
Ricardo Trêpa ... Isaac
Paulo Matos Paulo Matos ... Homem da Gabardine
Adelaide Teixeira Adelaide Teixeira ... Justina
Carmen Santos Carmen Santos ... Mulher do Fotógrafo
José Manuel Mendes José Manuel Mendes ... Dr. Matias
Sofia de Portugal Sofia de Portugal ... Enfermeira
António Reis António Reis ... António
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Portugal | Spain | France | Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

16 March 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El extraño caso de Angélica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,499, 2 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,743, 8 May 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The director came up with the idea for the movie 60 years ago, when he witnessed a similar scenario, to the point that the real dead woman was named Angélica. See more »

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Isaac does photographic darkroom work in an undarkened room. See more »

Connections

References Abraham's Valley (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No.3 in B Minor, Op.58
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Maria João Pires (piano)
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A ghost story - sort of
3 December 2012 | by ronchowSee 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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