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Best on TV: Francois Ozon for Christmas

by Caryn James
December 23, 2010 3:00 AM
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It isn’t exactly Christmas-themed, but there is fake snow in Angel, Francois Ozon’s little-known 2007 film, with Romola Garai as a working-class girl named Angel Deverell who becomes a best-selling author. A rare film by Ozon in English, it is as stylized and theatrical as his Eight Women, and indulges its soap opera elements with a knowing wink. Angel rises from an ambitious young woman determined not to be a shopkeeper like her Mum, to become rich, famous and petulantly self-absorbed. She also displays some tough-minded Scarlett O’Hara elements, complete with a red dress and an embarrassing party scene. Michael Fassbender plays Angel’s misbegotten lover, a true artist, and Sam Neill is her loyal publisher. Based on Elizabeth Taylor’s novel, Angel has just been reissued on DVD and will also be shown on Sundance Channel on Christmas night at 9. It’s a colorful way to put your feet up and escape into a beautifully over-the-top world.

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