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Reviewed by DooOfficial GB / Joined DooOfficial 2013
France, 2005, 91 minutes Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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.

Director: Luc Besson

Writer: Luc Besson
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