Reviewed by: Hotcow

Perhaps, angels do exist.

They come to us when we are in pain. They help us move on from unpleasant moments in our lives and accept and understand us. They help us to make a difference to our future. Perhaps, these encounters are not just a coincidence after all.

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Writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Nikita) turns everyday human anguish into a love/life story. It is like watching a black-and-white movie from the Sixties, cut with a modern edge. It draws you into the heart of the story and enables you to grow with the changes of the protagonist.

Set in Paris, Andre (Jamel Debbouze) realises the true extent of his debt when he comes face to face with the people who want their money back - and it is not a pretty sight. It is noon and he has until midnight to pay back the loans or suffer the consequences. In despair, he heads for a bridge and prepares to jump into the river when he notices a lovely woman standing near him about to do the same. Before he has a chance to talk to her, she jumps. With no time to think, he leaps into the rushing water to save her.

Her name is Angela (Rie Rasmussen) and she offers Andre her life, to do with it what he wants. He accepts and together they embark on an adventure of truth and discovery.

As time passes, Angela tells Andre that she is an angel, who has been sent to help him rediscover himself. Of course, he does not believe her, until she proves it. He is astounded that someone actually cares and begins to realise that he has fallen in love.

She has no past that she can remember and finds it impossible to believe someone could love another who has no past. They battle to find a way to be together - against the odds.

Besson has created a stunningly beautiful film, with an original and heartfelt storyline, that will bring your emotions to breaking point.

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2006
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Paris & philososphy, black & white, rom & com.
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Director: Luc Besson

Writer: Luc Besson

Starring: Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen, Gilbert Melki, Serge Riaboukine, Akim Chir, Eric Balliet

Year: 2005

Runtime: 88 minutes

BBFC: 15 - Age Restricted

Country: France


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