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Angel-A Review

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After saving a fellow suicidal bridge-jumper from drowning, Andre, an inept and debt-ridden conman finds the beautiful girl he's saved now changing his life for the better bit-by-bit, but who is she?

★★★★★

Luc Besson once said he would direct only ten films, and he hits his quota with this glorious throwback to his cinéma du look past. Riffing on It’s A Wonderful Life and Wings Of Desire, the story centres on maverick angel Rie Rasmussen’s bid to break serial schmuck Jamel Debbouze’s losing streak. But while their banter is crisply cut, there’s nothing particularly interesting about her efforts to kickstart his life or deliver him from the clutches of a sinister gangster — even though her methods could never be called conventional.

However, the monochrome photography is absolutely sublime and consisently recalls the Pariscapes achieved by Raoul Coutard during the Nouvelle Vague. Moreover, it turns an enjoyable romp into a truly memorable visual treat.

Genial performances and a pleasing plot are elevated to the stuff of cinematic majesty by Thierry Arbogast's glorious monochrome photography, which recalls the Parisian vistas of the nouvelle vague.