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DVD Review: “Angel-A”

(Sony Pictures Classics. 2007. Black and White. 1 Disc. Widescreen. 91 Minutes. Rated R. Directed by Luc Besson.) Rie Rasmussen, Jamel Debbouze. Music by Anja Garbarek.

A down-on-his-luck gambler (Debbouze) ends up saving a leggy blonde (Rasmussen) while trying to off himself, only to discover that she’s an angel sent to help him become a better person. It plays out like a French It’s a Wonderful Life, but this Clarence is a lot easier on the eyes. It’s a very talky movie, much of it comprised of conversations between the two main characters, but it is pretty interesting to see the inventive ways Angela gets Andre out of trouble. However, the best moments are some of the smallest: Andre’s scene in the lounge/restroom later in the film is heartbreaking. Unfortunately, the plot is predictable, and even borders on the shmaltzy at times. The third character in the story is the city of Paris, beautifully shot in black and white by Thierry Arbogast. The streets seem a bit deserted and somewhat eerie, but the camera work and framing are amazing, taking you on a guided tour of the City of Lights. Special features are pretty thin, with only one behind-the-scenes featurette. Quirky and pretty, but far from perfect.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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