Much like director Luc Besson's other films, Nikita and The Fifth Element, Angel-A tracks a mysterious beauty with unearthly powers. Angela is an angel, fallen from the sky, who helps a poor Parisian with his mounting debt and personal woes. It's as if Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire was made in Paris and not Berlin. Where Wenders gave us foreboding drama, Besson presents an angel on Earth as if the flick were a sci-fi rom-com. Angela, in her punk rock glam, slinks and sashays all over the City of Light to a soundtrack of Norwegian trip-hop.
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Filmed in high-contrast black-and-white, Angel-A is heavily stylized. The New York Times called it more visually seductive than Amélie and the recent Paris Je TAime. It had its U.S. release in 2007, but you can see it this Thursday at Alliance Française. Although Francophiles will fill the audience, rest assured there will be subtitles.
Thu., June 24, 7:30 p.m., 2010