Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Runtime: 1 hr 28 min
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen, Gilbert Melki, Serge Riaboukine, Akim Chir, Eric Balliet
So we know exactly who and what she is.
Review by: SteveRhodes
Added: 8 years ago
Luc Besson's ANGEL-A is a modestly scripted short story about a short guy and a very tall woman who comes to his rescue. This adult fairly tale concerns André (Jamel Debbouze) and his heavy debt burden, which is about to kill him.
An Algerian who lives in America on a green card, André is currently broke and staying in Paris. A frightened and fidgety man, he has a head full of curly hair, a scruffy beard, the clothes of a bum and a right arm that doesn't work. Owing large sums of money to several characters, mostly very unsavory ones, he has been given until midnight to come up with enough cash to pay off several of his major loans or he will be killed. Having lost his credit cards and his passport, his fate appear hopeless, so he decides to commit suicide by jumping off of a bridge.
But, out of nowhere, a gorgeous woman appears about to jump next to him, so, instead of killing himself, he decides to save her, which he does successfully. A tall blonde with legs so long they seem to reach into the heavens, the mysterious woman's appearance is further accentuated by a micro-mini skirt and spiked heels. Calling herself Angela (Rie Rasmussen), she is as eternally optimistic as he is cynical. She is also a foot taller than he is, so that his head fits comfortably under her chin.
Once Angela learns of André's predicament, she sets off to solve it, teaching him how to be forceful and resourceful in the process. She is also quite willing to use her body when necessary. One of her tricks is to sell her body to every guy in an upscale bar, raising a large amount of cash for André.
Once André becomes unencumbered by debt for one of the first times in his life, Angela decides to reveal her true identity to him, but he has trouble believing it. Of course, we've seen the title of the movie, so we know exactly who and what she is.
Not an especially surprising or eventful story, it is, nevertheless, a reasonably satisfying little tale of a character down on his luck who finds out that life can be tolerable after all.
ANGEL-A runs 1:28. The film was shot in black and white. It is in French and Spanish, both with English subtitles. It is rated R for "language and some sexual content" and would be acceptable for teenagers.