Angel & Tony

Angel & Tony

Angel is a young woman falling apart. She arrives at the seaside town of Normandy fiercely determined to reconnect with her young son, yet also scared she's unfit to take care of him. Tony is a fisherman who lives with his widowed mother, trapped in emotional solitude. The two meet via a personal ad; Angel is forthright and rough, and her attempts to seduce him are met with surprise: Tony literally can't believe his luck... The two form a fractured relationship, but will the secret that Angel harbours threaten their future? 3.0 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Angel & Tony

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Certificate
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Alix Delaporte
Cast Grégory Gadebois, Evelyne Didi, Antoine Couleau, Patrick Descamps, Lola Dueñas Clotilde Hesme
Studio Peccadillo Pictures
Release Date May 2012
Running Time 87 mins
 

Angel is a young woman falling apart. She arrives at the seaside town of Normandy fiercely determined to reconnect with her young son, yet also scared she's unfit to take care of him. Tony is a fisherman who lives with his widowed mother, trapped in emotional solitude. The two meet via a personal ad; Angel is forthright and rough, and her attempts to seduce him are met with surprise: Tony literally can't believe his luck... The two form a fractured relationship, but will the secret that Angel harbours threaten their future?

Reviews

Total Film

Tom Dawson

Blending docu-style realism and fairytale romance, writer/director Alix Delaporte’s debut embodies character driven French cinema par excellence.

30/04/2012

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Empire Magazine

Anna Smith

There is a danger of ennui: no grand passion, no big twist. But like its hero this film is the strong, silent type, brimming with meaning if you’ve the patience to scratch away at the surface.

01/05/2012

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The Financial Times

Leo Robson

Tony may be the fisherman, but it’s Angel who swears like one. We don’t find out what made her this way (or why she isn’t allowed to see her son). But we don’t need to know what happened in her old life, only to care how things work out in her new one.

03/05/2012

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The Guardian

Xan Brooks

At its best, Delaporte's film gives the impression of being uncovered as opposed to constructed, like an eccentric bit of driftwood exposed at low tide.

03/05/2012

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Time Out

Wally Hammond

It blends Loachian naturalism with elements of fairytale as it describes a possibly redemptive relationship between a young, twitchy ex-prisoner and a bluff but kind Bayeux fisherman, Tony. Arguably, Delaporte loads the dice in her presentation of a chalk-and-cheese relationship.

02/05/2012

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The Times

Kate Muir

The drama is low-key, but rather moving, and there is a useful fish-identification moment, as well as a sense of a small industry dying by the sea.

04/05/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

The Independent on Sunday

Pleasant if utterly unbelievable.

06/05/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

Delaporte, a documentarist making her feature debut, breathes life into the scenes where the reluctant antiheroine is instructed in recognising fish and gutting them. The story however carries little conviction.

06/05/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Alix Delaporte’s drama can’t disguise its intention to bring this pair together as unlikely but mutually therapeutic lovers, and some of the devices it uses to this end are simplistic. Yet it’s still a likeable piece, thanks largely to Gadebois, a bulky man with a sensitive face.

06/05/2012

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