2005, Directed by Luc Besson
Angel-A is a charming, feel-good storyline, filmed in black and white with some beautiful shots of Paris and a loveable protagonist.
Parisian hustler Andre (Jamel Debbouze) is in trouble. Owing various people money, lying to himself and feeling generally down in the dumps, he attempts to jump off a bridge into the Seine, demanding to know why God doesn’t help him. Suddenly, appearing next to him is a beautiful blonde woman, about to plunge into the very same watery depths. Saving her life, Andre strikes up conversation with this mysterious woman – who is now known to be Angela (Rie Rasmussen).
Swiftly realising that she’s an angel sent from above to help him with no recollection of her previous life, Andre embarks on a journey to change his life. However, Angela is not your typical angel: a chain-smoking, sexy woman who is not afraid to tell people what she wants (although she has to break some rules along the way). Fine dining, amazing hotels and a wonderful friendship that leaves him feeling fulfilled and worthy (which he never did before), Andre finds himself falling in love with her incredibly quickly, and in turn tries to help her.
Although I’d love to give this movie 10/10, it got a little strange at the end. When it’s time for Angela to leave, Andre gets pretty heavy handed and slightly violent, and yet still manages to win her heart after pulling on her until she falls into the Seine? I feel that the ending was pretty worrying. Why would Angela (who had beaten up a fair few men who dared hurt Andre) want to be with someone who grabbed her by the arm repeatedly after she told him to leave her alone and then pulled on her hair to bring her down to his height? The film lost a fair few points from me here.
Coward – un/e lâche
A smoke (cigarette) – une clope
To wipe your slate clean – effacer l’ardoise
Crook – l’escroc
To enjoy sth. – profiter de qch.
To spoil, damage oneself – s’abîmer
To bark – aboyer
To catch up – rattraper
Oyster – un huitre
Fallen angel – un ange déchu