Director: Luc Besson
Screenwriters: Luc Besson

Institute History

  • 2007 Sundance Film Festival


André, a down-on-his-luck con man who owes way too much money to a smoother, more fashionable criminal that André can only dream of emulating, is ready to end it all by leaping off a bridge into the Seine. Fate intervenes, however, in the form of Angela, a leggy blonde in a minidress, who jumps into the river before André. He saves her, and then blames her for thwarting his own suicide attempt. As an apology, Angela agrees to help André with his financial problems. So begins the tale of Angela and André as they eat, drink, and dance their way through Paris. Before he knows it, Angela makes André see that he is stronger, braver, and smarter than he thinks and even that he is capable of love. All he needs is someone to love him back.

Luc Besson delivers a fresh, visually rich take on a story that has captured human imagination for generations—the idea that someday a guardian angel may come down to rescue you from your problems. Armed with a charming, vulnerable performance by Jamel Debbouze, and Rie Rasmussen, whose bombshell looks are offset by her wisdom and playfulness as Angela, Angel-A is a graceful love story told with wit and originality.

— Matt Anderson

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