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Angel-A (Version française) [Import]

Rie Rasmussen , Jamel Debbouze , Luc Besson    R (Restricted)   DVD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must watch April 11 2008
this is a must watch. i saw it once a week for a whole month after coming from work............light years away from an ordinary film............couldn't watch anything else for a long time
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's what's on the inside that counts Nov. 3 2007
An out of the ordinary French film set in Paris and probably best viewed without much foreknowledge of the plot details.

The film follows Andre, a man deep in lies and financial debt, who meets a new and (on the surface) very different companion, Angela, who gradually opens his eyes to love and his real self.

It's sometimes thought provoking, beautifully shot in black and white, humorous, emotional, and a welcome breath of fresh air alongside the formulaic sequels out of Hollywood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing Feb. 21 2011
By david
ce film est incroyable. il y a un message très important et courant dans la vie de tousàt le monde aujourd'hui. très recommandé!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 12 2014
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angel-A - Well Made Art Film by Besson Jan. 28 2008
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Angel-A is a black and white movie based on a classic tale. The movie seems surprisingly "Hollywood" in its idealized theme, especially when you consider it's a French movie. Lovers of French film know how popular the themes of darkness and realism are. Still, Besson's skills as a master film maker shine through. The cinematography is fantastic. When you add in great acting, it's easier to swallow the pill of a very allegorical story.

Acting and Direction

The acting really is the hallmark of this movie. Jamel Debbouze was amazing as Andre, the small time hustler with big dreams. He delivers some very difficult scenes with realism and power.

Rie Rasmussen is also great as Angela. In the one DVD special feature, she talks about French not being her native tongue, which makes her dialogue all the more impressive. The director plays her against Andre using the contrasts of her height against his shortness, her beauty against his average looks and shabby clothes.

The supporting cast is also good, no doubt due to Besson's fine direction.

The Story and the Script

This story is hard to swallow. Even though Andre isn't really American, they manage to throw in some anti-American insults too. The script is clean, yet at times forced. Perhaps I am being too cynical. Still, the filmmaker, cast and crew make it work. Even a basic outline almost gives away the very predictable story line, so I won't go there. See it for yourself and be the judge.


For those who love fine art photography or just great film in general, this DVD is a gem. There are so many beautiful shots of Paris. It's done very expertly in black and white. One of the things that comes across in the "making of" feature is how tightly Besson works with his crew of many years.

It also made me wonder, how big was the budget for this film? How much is high-end camera equipment these days? It's just amazing they could produce such a visually amazing movie on an "independent film" budget. If it's true it bodes well for the future.

DVD Extras

While there is only the one main "making of" feature, it is loaded with actual production info. Some of it amounts to a worship feature about Besson. No doubt, he's earned it. Still the actors talk about some elements of their preparation and process that are definitely educational and worth seeing. It's a nice extra, but how I greedily wish there was more!


Overall, this is an uplifting and entertaining movie, especially if you can suspend disbelief for 2 hours. The acting, cinematography, and film-making abilities of Besson make this a DVD worth owning for art-film lovers.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Send Me An Angel Nov. 30 2009
By Craobh Rua - Published on Amazon.com
Directed by Luc Besson, Angel-A was first released in 2005. It's a French romcom (not quite what most would expect from Besson) and stars Jamel Debbouze and Rie Rasmussen in the two lead roles.

André is 28 years old and badly down on his luck. Although his working practices have been a little shady in the past, he's trying to make an honest fist of things and - following a recent trip abroad - is sure that his big break is just around the corner. However, given that he owes an absolute fortune to nearly every crook, villain and gangster in Paris, he mightn't live to see the good times. Having sought help and protection from both the police - who wouldn't lock him up for a few days - and the US Embassy - although of North African descent, he holds a green card - he's left alone and desperate. Eventually, he gives up and decides to throw himself off a bridge and into the Seine...and, just as he's about to jump, he notices Angela to his left. In fairness, Angela is very distracting : she's a tall, very leggy and exceptionally beautiful blonde...and the dress she's wearing only just keeps everything covered. Although he pleads with her not to jump, she won't listen...and so, rather than ending his own life, André finds himself jumping in and saving Angela's. The pair get talking on the banks of the river and, by way of thanks, Angela dedicates herself to helping André. Miraculously, with Angela on his side, things start looking up very, very quickly...

It is subtitled (which may put some people off) and it mightn't appeal to the very innocent, but I loved it. There is a real `feel-good' element to the movie and there is a pretty obvious comparison to "It's a Wonderful Life". Some of the better known locations of Paris are used as the story's backdrop - the Seine and its bridges, the bateaux mouche and the Eiffel Tower - and it's very stylishly shot in black and white. A film I'd have no hesitation in recommending.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars special Sept. 14 2008
By kaioatey - Published on Amazon.com
This a profound film - simple and at times painfully sad. Addresses the humanity's predicament: everyone surreptitiously thinks themselves as great while human minds are in fact petty, opportunistic, dis-empowered gambling machines. Andre is the Everyman.

Besson makes a case for truth, love - and breathing - as instruments of divine providence. Truth and love can evoke passion for the divine, for life itself.

A cool movie.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing Movie Feb. 18 2008
By YasminDano - Published on Amazon.com
Beautiful movie, one of my top favorites to see! This had me on an emotional rollercoaster, one minute I'm laughing, the next I'm crying. The main characters played such beautiful strong roles, and played them very excellent! I would highly recommend this movie because it's something that would touch upon you in all kinds of ways. :)
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel-A Feb. 11 2008
By Gus - Published on Amazon.com
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People who are fans of Luc Besson know he has a style and theme he likes to use often. Be it the socially inexperienced hitman who takes a young girl under his wing and saves from evil DEA agents (The Professional), or be it a tough taxi driver who protects an alien (Fifth Element) or be it Angel-A where a woman who seems to be an Angel decides to help out and protect a broken man who's brought his own problems on himself but can't seem to stop it, Luc is an expert of the "I'm in trouble, help me" "Now I have help when and where I least expected it" kind of movie.

But Angel-A has moved him into a new level. While I've been a very long time fan of The Professional with Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and while his other movies are good but not quite as good as that one, Angel-A finally hit the emotion he's been trying to reach again for so long.

My girlfriend and I watched Angel-A together, and we liked it so much I bought two copies from Amazon (one for her to carry around and one for me to keep in library). We watched it twice and talked about it for quite a while.

It's a beautiful movie.
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