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Tue
03
Mar
2015
 

On a summer night in Paris André, a small-time ex-con, owes money to the mob and will be killed if he doesn't pay by midnight. In desperation he climbs onto a bridge over the Seine, stumbling across a beautiful and mysterious woman, Angel-A, preparing to end her life as well. As he saves her little does he know that she has been sent from heaven to save him from himself. Featuring superb cinematography by Thierry Arbogast, Director Luc Besson (Leon, Nikita, The Fifth Element) takes his audience on a beguiling, nocturnal journey through Paris in this stylish Romantic Comedy /Drama.

French writer/film-maker Luc Besson crafts a love letter to Paris with this whimsical comedy fantasy. His first directorial project since 1999's Joan of Arc, it uses ravishing black-and-white visuals to capture the city at its most beautiful. In a bittersweet storyline reminiscent of It's a Wonderful Life, Amélie's Jamel Debbouze plays a downtrodden petty crook who decides to jump off a bridge after gangsters call in his considerable loans. However, his plans are thwarted by another potential suicide - statuesque blonde Rie Rasmussen (De Palma's Femme Fatale) (2002) - whom he instinctively leaps to rescue. So begins an unconventional and increasingly surreal relationship, as Rasmussen aggressively helps Debbouze to reconstruct his life. Unlike Besson's earlier work, it's emotion rather than action that powers the picture, infusing events with surprising tenderness.

Sloan Freer in Radio Times Film Guide

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