Dir: Luc Besson
By: Natasha Monk
Luc Besson creates a black and white French fantasy of love, passion and yearning for enjoying life again. It’s a lovely and fairly simple plotline that focuses on two characters falling in love, but the film can be seen as a life lesson as Besson tries to convey the message of simply “˜loving yourself.’
The film centers on an out of luck gambler André Moussah (Jamel Debbouze), who is ready to give up his life of crime for a fresh start in America. However, his debts hold him back and soon realises he may be trapped in France for a while longer. Debbouze plays quite the humorous character after he encounters a dark, inexplicable enigma, but with his discovery there is beauty and power. A mysterious woman who calls herself Angel-A (Rie Rasmussen) sets out to help Andre get out of the mess he’s in.
The cinematography is quite beautiful: Besson depicts a mysterious allure within the Parisian streets, it’s almost artistic and may question viewers’ thoughts on paradise. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you’re a fan of Luc Besson, you’ll be able to watch Angel-A over and over. It is not your typical romantic genre. With unexpected plot twists and exquisite scenery, it’s an enjoyable film to watch.