Fifth about The Seventh

Angel Face (Gueule d’Ange)

Angel Face: Vanessa Filho’s drama packs quite a punch, being borderline unpleasant for how sad it is; it’s not a bad film, simply one that is very hard to sit through. The story moves in an organic, unforced way. Marion Cotillard is quite good as the young woman not at all equipped to deal with the responsibilities that come with motherhood; it’s a heartbreaking, almost pathetic character, well-defended by the actress. Ayline Aksoy-Etaix is not very smooth as the young girl way too equipped for her own good to deal with her situation; it looks she is playing a character all the time (which may be a part of her character, to be fair). Cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman keeps the camera very close and intimate; it feels right to the story, but its constant motion is a tad sickness-inducing.

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