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  • Actors: Vincent Gallo, Anna Thomson (Anna Levine), John Ventimiglia, Miranda Stuart Rhyne, Charlotte Eve Blythe
  • Directors: Rebecca Miller
  • Writers: Rebecca Miller
  • Producers: Lemore Syvan, Ron Kastner
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Boulevard
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AOX7HY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,797 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With her husband Saro (Mario Pupella) running a shop acting as a front for a drugs operation, Angela (Donatella Finocchiaro) is literally married to the mob, but relegated to the sidelines - a peripheral figure in a potentially dangerous world. All that changes, however, when Masino (Andrea di Stefano) appears and turns her world on its head.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kerr VINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2008
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Angela is a coming of age film that tells the story of two sisters trapped in a deteriorating family life with a manic-depressive mother and distant father. The older sister (who has visions of the devil) leads them both into various 'practices' such as covering themselves in mud in the river, in an attempt rid themselves of sin and evil.

The film is actually a lot better than I expected it would be. It's one of those compelling movies that seems to grip you until the very end. Mainly because the acting from the child actors, Miranda Stuart Ryne (Angela) and Charlotte Eve Blythe (Ellie) is nothing less than brilliant. Their innocence and nievety has been perfectly captured, portraying their emotions and thoughts. The way that the children conjure up their own world is haunting but again rather gripping. I like the idea that a child's imagination can be a dangerous thing. Even the acting from other cast members is pretty good. Angela is a good, honest film that doesn't try to hide away or glamorise life and childhood.

(For once) I can't think of anything negative to say about the film. While at the same time its hard to describe what makes Angela such a good movie. It's not what I would call enjoyable as such, more disturbing than anything else. There is a lot of hidden depth and meaning in Anglea. But in all honestly I would say that this is definitely a film that you have to watch (rather than read about) to understand and appreciate.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Terry on 25 Feb. 2008
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This isn't a run of the mill child into adulthood film, what with the manic depressive mother and a young girl (Angela) who is drifting futher and futher in to her own mind and taking her sister (Ellie) with her. The father starts to take them all to church to try and balance the family, but it only has the opposite effect. It's an oddly compelling movie which did grip me till the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pete Johnson VINE VOICE on 2 Feb. 2009
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This is a film about fantasy that is not at all a fantasy film. With great performances by a cast that actually look like a believable family. Often uncomfortable to watch, it rewards the viewer by making you realise the complexities of growing up, and dealing with dysfunctional adults, from the point of view of the children. A million miles away from the tear-jerkers that are so much a part of the TV movie industry, this film echoes the concerned film-making of the sixties, in that you will think about it long after it has finished. At the present low price, it is one for the collection of any serious film fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on 4 July 2010
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Angela is a 10 year old girl whose mother Mae suffers from a debilitating mental illness. Once a successful musician, Mae's mood towards her children fluctuates between loving and playful parent to a manic and depressive mess. After attending church and having visions of Satan, Angela believes that the evil and sin within her and Ellie, her six year old sister, is the cause of their mothers' illness, and the pair create strange religious rituals to cleanse themselves of their sins.
This strange little independent film is almost like a cross between an early David Lynch and Harmony Korine movie. The direction varies between imaginative and artistic to often amateurish with silly production mistakes; there are outdoor scenes of real beauty especially views of the two girls walking through the local landscape but this often contrasts with poor interior shots with appalling sound quality and views of a microphone boom dropping into shot in numerous scenes. The acting throughout was often stilted and wooden, though the two young leads did a surprisingly good job and were considerably better than the majority of the adult cast.
Overall, this a surreal and strange film which may appeal to David Lynch fans, and though watchable it's nowhere near as good as Rebecca Millers later film `The Ballad Of Jack And Rose' which is infinitely far more balanced and accessible.
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