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Itas early 20th-century England and Angelica Deverell (Romola Garai, Emma, Atonement, I Capture the Castle), the headstrong daughter of a grocer, fantasizes about living in Paradise House, the most sumptuous mansion in her otherwise dreary town, and sets out to achieve her dream life. Angel has always kept a journal of her musings, and out of her wildly romantic visions, she concocts an over-the-top melodramatic novel. She interests a London publisher (Sam Neill, The Tudors, Jurassic Park) in her book, and he manages to turn it into a bestseller a making young Angel the talk of London.
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : IDFC9741DVD
- Director : Francois Ozon
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 14 minutes
- Release date : December 21, 2010
- Actors : Romola Garai, Michael Fassbender, Sam Neill, Charlotte Rampling, Lucy Russell
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : IFC Independent Film
- ASIN : B0045ZAQPA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,485 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This is one of the problems with the first half hour of the movie: you can't like Angel. You can't be glad for her sucess , fame or recognition.She is detestable and presumptuos. And then she meets Esmè, played by Michael Fassbender.Everything changes.
It's easy to see when an actor has charisma simply because the film starts from that point on. Even the hateful Angel begins to get a little bit more interesting from that point on and the plot, poorly written, also begins to make some sense from that point on.Step by step, the film stops graviting around Angel and starts graviting around Esmè. Well, not Esmè, but Michael Fassbender himself.
When Esmè grows up, Angel is forced to grow up too. It's fascinating to observe Michael Fassbender's transformation from a trifling charmer to a revolted and emasculated man. His sensitive and sensual performance is the only (but powerful)reason this flick is worthwhile being seen.
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This is an absolute 'how not to do it' - and I suspect that the fault lies in the original book in which unrealistic events happen to unlikeable and cardboard characters in a relentless series of completely foreseeable 'developments'. I shan't detail them - you can write this script for yourself. Young girl writes rubbish book and it gets published (just like that) even though it is utter garbage and very badly written. Writer of sudden and huge success (why?!) meets utterly unsuitable poverty-stricken 'modern' artist - guess what happens? Mention the First World War and what do you think you'll get? Yep, that's right: the wild artist who morphs (just like that) into the wounded soldier (wounded in a mentionable place, as Siegfied Sassoon would have it) who turns to drink and violence to 'deal with' his experiences... Frightful old tosh (IMHO!) and really, don't. Just don't. You'll have to bin it, or send it to Oxfam - possibly without getting to the end.