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Angel, created by filmmaker Rodolphe Pierre-Louis is a fantasy story told in modern clothes. A young painter sees a star falls from the sky and chases it down to discover a lovely young woman with magical powers. Love, adventures, transformation and betrayal. And without spoiling a rather enjoyable treat, I’ll simply say that this film is definitely worth less than eight minutes of your time.
From the looks of it, this film had an extremely limited budget. The credits indicate that the filmmaker wore multiple has including director, writer, cinematographer, editor, etc. What that means is that this film is the work of very few people, most of what you see is Pierre-Louis own handiwork. What’s impressive is the rather complete fantasy story the filmmaker was able to tell in under eight minutes.
To it’s credit, the film is mostly absent of dialogue. The reliance on the visual medium to tell the tale was executed brilliantly. The actors turned in believable performances, the silent nature of this film is well suited to their emotive behavior. It’s clear that these are not Hollywood’s finest, but that doesn’t mean they were without skill. It was their acting that drove the story, and it was good for the most part. Unfortunately, when the actors actually do speak, it drags the scene down.
The story itself is rather straightforward. Which is a good choice for this director. What’s complex about this film is how it intertwines so many story beats into an eight minute film. And it does so without confusing the audience about what was going on nor insult their intelligence by explicitly explaining it. It’s a mood piece, a short piece of art to be enjoyed for how it marries cerebral concepts with fantasy elements in a modern setting.
The importance composer Tommy Gundersen’s score to the film would be difficult to overstate. It is the music that carries the emotional weight of this film. And as a piece of music unto itself, the score is a rather enjoyable thing to listen to.
The film is not without it’s flaws of course. There will definitely be some mixed feelings about how it all wraps up. But I left this film with a number of questions. Not about the film itself but about deeper concepts like love. Because that’s really what this story is about.
When all is said and done, Angel is a valiant effort by a group of enthusiastic amateurs. They knew the story they wanted to tell and they did so in a way that is compelling, thought provoking and most importantly, entertaining.
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