The Strange Case Of Angelica
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The new film from master filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, The Strange Case of Angelica is a magical tale about a young photographer who falls madly in love with a woman he can never have, except in his dreams. Late one night, Isaac is summoned by a wealthy family to take the last photograph of a young bride, Angelica, who mysteriously passed away. Arriving at their estate, Isaac is struck by Angelica's beauty, but when he looks through his lens, something strange happens - the young woman appears to come to life. From that moment, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night. -- (C) Cinema… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Strange Case of Angelica is indeed strange and unsettling. What it isn't is compelling or satisfying."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Nearly every shot in this new movie contains one glory or another."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Oliveira's first use of 21st-century digital technology paradoxically marks a return to the origins of cinema with the special effects trembling with a handcrafted sincerity and shimmering sense of wonder"
‑ Guest Haden, Film Comment Magazine
"Some dreamlike photography and a soothing musical score are pluses but slow, draggy telling is likely to frustrate the viewer."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"...a whimsical fable, the meditation of a very old man looking to the past, looking towards death. It has the impact of a half smile."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
""The Strange Case of Angelica" tells its tale of love and death with a captivating mix of formality, ambiguity and offbeat humor. On the surface a simple fable, it's actually much more."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"This whimsical, ethereal tale of love and death is as light as a feather, but charming in its own way."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Stunningly magnificent spellbinding magical tale."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"May be the most accessible of the ten Oliveira films I've seen so far."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A quiet tale, told through a rarely moving camera and a playful, bewitching smile."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Because of his age and experience, de Oliveira brings a wider perspective to everything he shoots; if he places his camera in the middle of a street, he tries to convey the way it was decades ago, not just how it is now."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"An old-fashioned 21st Century movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The narrative unreels with the simplicity of a silent movie; many scenes are shot from a single camera set-up with few cuts, the shadowy, stagy interiors backed by Chopin, as if it were a live piano accompaniment."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"More mundane than magical, The Strange Case of Angelica is neither strange nor lively enough to lift anyone's spirits."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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