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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
While it is evidently the work of an artist with great stores of wisdom and a long view of history, it also has a playful, wry quality that can only be described as youthful.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 12.29.2010
de Oliveira's film is a musical of a sort, its quietude occasionally lifted by work songs or chorales.Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, 12.29.2010
"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, 01.06.2011
Nearly every shot in this new movie contains one glory or another.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 02.10.2011