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  • Summary: Late one night, Isaac is summoned by a wealthy family to take the last photograph of 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, the young woman appears to come to life. For that moment, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night. (The Cinema Guild) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 23, 2010
    100
    Its stunningly composed images showing how Isaac is himself something of a ghost-given to staring off into the distance, being condescended to by those around him, a man perpetually outside the times. What he needs is to take that one extra step toward his spectral siren; the scene in which he does so might be one of the most exhilarating visions of death's sweet embrace ever filmed.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Mar 10, 2011
    90
    This fresh, highly original film, inspired by Oliveira's substantially different, never-filmed 1952 script, has been made with the greatest of ease and simplicity and with drollery and wit, yet its underlying impact is profoundly spiritual.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 10, 2011
    88
    "Angélica" feels most like the film that argues Oliveira is this close to the beyond without ever bothering to knock first at death's door.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 6, 2011
    75
    Too shaggy at times, with digressions into science and history that come out flat and awkward. But there's a sweet, unshakeable poetry in the main idea of the film.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 30, 2010
    70
    de Oliveira's film is a musical of a sort, its quietude occasionally lifted by work songs or chorales.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 29, 2010
    70
    The charm of The Strange Case of Angelica lies in the way it balances this mysticism with a thoroughly secular sense of the business of everyday life.
  7. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    May 13, 2011
    50
    An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody.

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