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  • Summary: In the working-class Rocky Mountain town of Angels Crest, young father Ethan is doing his best to raise his three-year-old son Nate. He has no choice—Nate’s mother is an alcoholic. But one snowy day Ethan’s momentary lapse in judgment results in tragedy, catapulting the town’s tight-knitIn the working-class Rocky Mountain town of Angels Crest, young father Ethan is doing his best to raise his three-year-old son Nate. He has no choice—Nate’s mother is an alcoholic. But one snowy day Ethan’s momentary lapse in judgment results in tragedy, catapulting the town’s tight-knit community into strange new directions as they try to decide where the blame lies. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Dec 30, 2011
    50
    Another in the procession of dead children movies that followed Atom Egoyan's magisterial "The Sweet Hereafter," helmer Gaby Dellal's sophomore effort unfolds in a similarly snow-blanketed small town filled with grieving adults, the community divided in apportioning blame. In contrast with Egoyan's labyrinthine structure and complex storylines, Crest cobbles together bits of plot and a motley assortment of half-formed characters.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 29, 2011
    50
    Although the movie captures the solidarity and the beauty and peril of a rustic mountain town whose residents are necessarily interdependent, its individual subplots don't connect. Despite several solid performances, the characters are too hazily sketched and too loosely linked to form a meaningful chain.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 10, 2011
    50
    Cast and crew's investment in the story's tragedy and its ensuing moral debates is evident in every frame, but the film isn't fully successful in generating the same depth of feeling in viewers.
  4. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Dec 30, 2011
    50
    Director Gaby Dellal gets respectable performances all around, especially from Dekker as the hapless, grief-stricken father, but they can't elevate Angels Crest, beyond its one obvious and depressing note: It is very sad when a small child dies.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 14, 2012
    42
    The best thing about the film is the majestic mountain vistas, shot in Canada. You can practically inhale them.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 29, 2011
    40
    It's the same movie town we've seen many times before, with dingy mechanic's shops, barren parking lots and a greasy-spoon diner where all the clichés come together.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Dec 27, 2011
    0
    Angels Crest opens with the laughter of children at play, but that's the only hint of happiness you'll find in this unflinchingly manipulative and pointless morality play.

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  1. Feb 10, 2015
    9
    Very good, quite beautiful. Recommended.

    There is nothing challenging in the dialogue within the screenplay of this film, and the decision
    Very good, quite beautiful. Recommended.

    There is nothing challenging in the dialogue within the screenplay of this film, and the decision seems to have been taken to create a movie of a kind of easy access. It tries to treat a terrible occurrence in everyday lives, in a normal, small town community in those very terms, without making anything sensational.

    The film deals with issues which are always relevant to so many people - loss, guilt, coping, addiction and, let me say kind of demonology perhaps in authority - in the most basic terms. Unlike similar kinds of films, this one never thinks it knows, never thinks it has to go beyond the fundamental realities of these situations in order to picture them well. For me, this leaves a lasting impression and means that I can think about these issues actually, much more easily than if I had not seen this film.

    That's a rare occurrence in movies, to me. Usually I find that my mind is vacuumed by the end of a film, whether or not it was said to "deal with" issues or treat issues for discussion or awareness in the audience.

    A nice, serious film which seems to present something of real life. Certainly of real life concerns, without patronising, feeling the need to suggest that life is more than life really is, nor getting lost in a fictional world of fantasies that have no real meaning for humans today.

    There are twists, and the elements develop which allow the viewer to make conclusions for himself / herself. This then becomes the essence of this movie beyond the lovely cinematography, the latter becoming as an echo the expression of the ongoing, inexplicable beauty in life, a backdrop to the pain, struggles and torture.

    Though the script is simple, with no pretensions or irrelevant ambitions, some viewers looking for something else may consider this a weakness in the film. For myself, it is a very strong point in a well crafted piece, from original idea, through very good, simple dramatic acting, to a full, beautiful, simple, understated presentation in the whole production.
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