La Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels)
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La Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels)
Bay of the Angels (La Baie des anges) stars Jeanne Moreau as a middle-aged Parisian gambling addict who leaves her husband and children and heads for the roulette tables of Nice. There she meets young and handsome Claude Mann--a meeting which coincides with Moreau's first winning streak. She latches onto Mann in the belief that he's a good luck charm, and remains with him even when she starts losing heavily. Mann, emotionally drained, walks out of the relationship. The film ends with Mann entreating Moreau to return with him to the bourgeois existence that she'd escaped in the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Playing Jackie ... Moreau is one of the most watchable of screen goddesses."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Alternately lighthearted and melancholy, it's a striking look at obsessional behavior."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The true star of this very French film is the dazzling visuals displayed inside the casino."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film reaches its conclusion without drawing one."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[Moreau's] Jackie Demaistre is a mesmerizing, compulsively watchable performance, one of the few films roles you literally hold your breath watching."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"I think it's not just Demy's masterpiece, but one of the great French films of the sixties, which is pretty high praise."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Varda has done a beautiful job of restoring the film's crisp, ruthless black-and-white imagery."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An early chapter of Demy's courtship with the provincial France of his youth, with the most bewitching generation of French actresses, and with movies."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"So existential, so romantic..."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Demy's films are often described in terms of music; this one is more like a tango in which one person leads and refuses to forfeit the position."
‑ Jean Oppenheimer, New Times
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