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The Strange Case of Angelica (2010)

3.3 of 5 from 45 ratings
1h 37min
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Synopsis:
The new film from mast filmmaker is a magical tale of a young photographer who falls madly in love with a woman he can never have, except in his dreams. Late one night, Isaac is summoned by a wealthy family to take the last photograph of a young bride, Angelica, who mysteriously passed away. Arriving at their estate, Isaac is struck by Angelica's beauty. But when he looks through his lens, they young woman appears to come to life. From the moment, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night.
Actors:
, , , , Ana Maria Magalhães, , , Sara Carinhas, , Sofia de Portugal, , , , , , , José Carlos Coutinho, Maria Luísa Maia Pinto, Sónia Botelho, Luís Machado
Directors:
Writers:
Manoel De Oliveira
Aka:
O Estranho Caso de Angélica
Studio:
Cinema Guild
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
Portugal
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Doure Faine Fluvial (Labor on the Douro River), a film by Manoel de Oliveira
  • Audio commentary by film critic and curator James Quandt
  • Oliviera L'Architecte (1992), a documentary by Paulo Rocha
  • Absoluto (2010), a conversation with Manoel de Oliveira
  • Theatrical trailer

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The Strange Case of Angelica (aka O Estranho Caso de Angélica) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

The most recent offering from one hundred and two year old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira The Strange Case of Angelica (Portuguese title O estranho caso de Angelica) would more accurately be called the Strange Case of Isaac the Photographer, who finds himself brought into a quiet house of mourning to photograph a newly wed and newly deceased bride, Angelica.

Yet despite her dead state Isaac, played by Manoel favourite Richardo Trepa finds that through the viewfinder of his camera Angelica can open her eyes and smile at him. Convinced that Angelica is alive within his photos Isaac becomes even more introverted and reclusive than previously and finds himself pondering the meaning of life and love and religion as he waits for his photos to develop.

The movie is strangely surrealist, including somewhat off beat animations of the dead Angelica and black and white dream sequences and fantasies of Isaacs in which Angelica lives. Yet the movie still presides on the comical and enigmatic side of realism as Isaac fights to ascertain his sanity. Manoel effortlessly paints this sweet and endearing and funny-in-places picture of a family in sorrow and shock with a tasteful and almost cheeky brush.

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