Angel-A (2005, Fantasy Drama) – 7/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Jamel Debbouze: Andre Moussa
Rie Rasmussen: Angela
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson

Angel-A (2005)

Andre Moussa is an out-of-luck wannabe businessman up to his ears in debt. His solution is simple: hurl himself to his death from one of Paris’ picturesque bridges across the Seine. Before he can jump, he sees a stunning blonde beat him to it. Without thinking he jumps in to rescue her. Forgetting he can’t swim.


While there’s an uncharacteristically clunky bit of editing in the final scene with Franck and the climax doesn’t quite work, Luc Besson’s French It’s a Wonderful Life-alike contains at least one very brilliant scene ("J’taime, Andre. J’taime.") and works on an emotional level. Besson’s flair for brilliant visuals is perhaps more striking here than ever as his principle visual is his leading lady, an almost entirely remarkable Rie Rasmussen (she is let down by the afore-mentioned clunky scene) who is all legs and arms and much larger than Jamel Debbouze. It is an endlessly wonderful dichotomy for your eyes to drink in and might well prove to be, amazingly, Besson’s permanent contribution to cinema. Considering this is a rare film from France’s most well-known contemporary director, the English subtitles contain a surprising number of mistakes.

This movie contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and violence and very brief sex scene, sensuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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