- Actors: Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Charlotte Rampling, Lucy Russell, Michael Fassbender
- Directors: Francois Ozon
- Format: PAL
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2009
- Run Time: 134 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- ASIN: B001KWHOLA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,140 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Francois Ozon directs this fantasy drama based on a novel by Elizabeth Taylor. Romola Garai stars as Angel Deverell, a spoiled and precocious young woman in Edwardian England who dreams of becoming a successful romantic novelist. When she finds the fame and fortune she has always dreamed of, she discovers that the reality she has desired for so long is far removed from the paradise she hoped it would be, and she continues to colour the world around her with her vivid and melodramatic dreams.
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The film is also not simply an exercise in style. It is a great story that resonates with today's celebrity culture. Central to the film is a superlative performance from Romola Garai (surely the most naturally gifted young British currently working in film? Why was this performance overlooked in our awards season?) It is impossible to like Angel Deverell but we do understand her. To her credit, Garai does not attempt to make her likeable. In addition, Michael Fassbender and Lucy Russell are terrific; Sam Neill and Charlotte Rampling their usual classy selves.
Just one note of caution. Maybe this is a woman's or young woman's picture? Judge for yourself and see it.
In the movie, Angel is an immature, spoiled and imaginative girl dwelling on fantasies, but with a great determination to succeed. If this supposed to be her character, then it is a brilliant and totally believable portrayal. One can appreciate her positive qualities and dislike her negative ones at the same time. Far from just being beautiful, Miss Garai has the uncanny ability to actually make one feel the way her role does on screen. She looks different from one role to the next such that one can hardly recognize her as the same person in different movies. Surely these are the hallmarks of a great (but sadly under-appreciated) actor.
The sentiment in the movie, which may look silly in the present day, are quite realistic for the period. Director Francois Ozon said the crap special effects are intentional, which is entirely believable. I cannot imagine he (or any sane director!), with such a big budget, would settle for scenes which will make him a laughing stock. He just wanted to create a movie of the 40s or 50s,warts and all.
The movie is perhaps a bit overly sentimental and unabashedly old fashioned, which again is likely to be intentional. However, as I am prepared to view it as what it is, I find it very well made and highly enjoyable. I guess its assessment will depend on who is watching it.
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