Sunday, October 9, 2011

Angel-A (2005)

Director: Luc Besson. Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen. 91 min. France. Comedy/Fantasy.

A short dark-skinned gambling Moroccan low-life decides to commit suicide by jumping into the Seine, and meets a tall blond fair-skinned Swedish-looking girl trying the same. Then, she changes his life. Without spoiling anything, let's say this is heavily inspired by Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire. Worth the watch if only to be entertained by the site of this oddest of all odd couples, but I was slightly offended by the direct in-your-face morality lessons of "love yourself" or "value yourself" and all that crap. Still, I couldn't remember a more fitting reason for black-and-white cinematography in recent cinema.

PS: By The Professional/Leon and The Fifth Element, Luc Besson has shown great expertise in discovering new female acting talent (Natalie Portman and Milla Jovovvich, respectively). Surprised that six years after Angel-A, Rasmussen hasn't made it yet.

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