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|Originaltitel:||Angelique, Marquise des Anges|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 112 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
France in 1656: To save his family from the shame of bankruptcy, the impoverished Baron de Sancé married his beautiful daughter Angélique (Nora Arnezeder) to the wealthy but much older Count Joffrey de Peyrac of Toulouse (Gérard Lanvin). For the self-confident young woman this forced marriage is at first a catastrophic injustice. But over time she develops an undreamt-of affection for the cultivated and charming Count de Peyrac and in the end seems to have found happiness with him and the two children together. But then the Count became the victim of an intrigue that took him to the dungeons of the Bastille and Angélique, where he was left completely destitute on the streets of Paris. But Angélique has never been a woman who just surrendered to her fate. And so she begins a fight in which a secret that she has carried with her since childhood could play a decisive role…
A total of 18 volumes about the adventures of the heroine "Angélique" has been written by the French writer Anne Golon since 1956. The books were translated into 27 languages and sold in 45 countries with a total circulation of about 150 million copies. The success not only resulted in a whole series of similarly structured historical novels, but from 1964 also in several film adaptations with Michèle Mercier in the title role. These movies caused a sensation not only because of their opulent equipment but first of all because of the almost scandalous freedom of movement. Even today, the "Angélique" films from the 60s enjoy a certain cult status, with which it now tries to record the remake of Ariel Zeïtoun ("Colombiana", "Bandidas").
The Tunisian-born director has definitely succeeded in doing this visually. The camera work is convincing, the costumes opulent and the equipment very detailed. And also main actress Nora Arnezeder flatters the eye, whereby she can also show off her acting talent. The actress known from films like "Maniac" or "The Thief of Words" is supported by a really good ensemble, from which Gérard Lanvin ("Public Enemy No. 1") and Mathieu Kassovitz ("The Fifth Element") stand out. With high viewing values, good actors and a harmonious mixture of historical film, drama and eroticism, "Angélique" actually sounds like perfect entertainment for fans of works like "Die Wanderhure" or "Die Pilgerin".
And it's exactly for such viewers that the film is really worth watching. However, this new version of the first "Angélique" adventure has a similar weakness as the comparable TV productions: The script! For the accumulation of clichés and extremely flat dialogues takes a lot of wind out of the sails of the actors' hard-working play. What Nora Arnezeder or Gérard Lavin can still catch quite convincingly leads to David Kross, for example, having his portrayal of King Louis XIV appear almost involuntarily comical. But the weak script does not only affect the performance of the actors. The story itself also loses its tension over and over again and at some point just stretches very slowly. That's always nice to watch - but even cultivated boredom isn't necessarily what you generally understand by thrilling cinema entertainment.
"Angélique" is certainly not a bad movie, especially not for its target audience. The staging simply has too many positive and worth seeing aspects to offer. But at the same time a lot of potential is given away, whereby a thrilling, moving love story has only become a very conventional sloppiness. This is still a visual treat and offers solid entertainment, but nothing more. However, since the target audience and lovers of the novels are at least satisfied, it is still enough in the end with a few small compromises for one: Worth seeing!
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