Angela

Overview

Two children from a working-class family in New York struggle to understand the story of God versus Lucifer as they try to deal with a mentally ill mother in this intense, realistic, spiritual drama. Angela is ten-years-old and has visions of angels. She spends much of her time trying to comprehend the tale of God and Lucifer. She also tries to protect her baby sister, six-year-old, Ellie by cautioning her to stay clean and good lest the Devil take her away. Ellie and Angela have been moved several times in their...
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Overview

Two children from a working-class family in New York struggle to understand the story of God versus Lucifer as they try to deal with a mentally ill mother in this intense, realistic, spiritual drama. Angela is ten-years-old and has visions of angels. She spends much of her time trying to comprehend the tale of God and Lucifer. She also tries to protect her baby sister, six-year-old, Ellie by cautioning her to stay clean and good lest the Devil take her away. Ellie and Angela have been moved several times in their life. Their father, Andrew, is a hard worker; their mother, Mae, is becoming increasingly mentally ill. The children frequently witness her outbursts, but can do nothing to stop her sad descent. Sometimes Angela spies on them as they make love. After Mae is finally placed in an institution the girls must spend many hours on their own. At one point they assist their pregnant sitter when her water breaks. At another they manage to get away from a child molester at a carnival. In the final scene, Angela decides to baptize herself in the river and finally finds the transformation she sought.
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Special Features

Audio commentary from filmmaker Rebecca Miller; Crew biographies; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Slow-moving and dreamlike, writer/director Rebecca Miller's debut feature Angela is a stylized drama about childhood that follows the dream logic of a darkly emphatic ten-year-old with a mentally ill mother. Angela's (Miranda Stuart Rhyne) spiritual quest is taken very seriously, entitling her to manifested visions, plenty of silent brooding, and rambling monologues about made-up rituals. Though she gives a great performance, Rhyne is just too much of a regular kid to be convincing as a religious freak. The back story and time period are left ambiguous; instead the scenes flow like traces of memories leaving much implausibility. Though it requires patience to appreciate, the random images (a white pony, a runaway roller skate) and bizarre occurrences (a makeover booth at a carnival, a Barbie thrown from a window) can be pieced together as a sensitive picture of an intense young girl. What's troubling is how Angela's mother, Mae (Anna Thomson), influences her and how Angela, in turn, influences her impressionable little sister, Ellie (Charlotte Blythe). It's interesting to note that the costuming and behavior of Mae suggests a disintegrating Marilyn Monroe, since the director's father, Arthur Miller, was married to the real-life Marilyn Monroe until 1961, a year before her death. The relevance of this family connection is not made clear in the narrative; like so much else in the film, it's left to the viewer's imagination and level of involvement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • UPC: 767685952139
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,530

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Thomson Mae
John Ventimiglia Andrew
Miranda Stuart Rhyne Angela
Charlotte Blythe Ellie
Vincent Gallo Preacher
Ruth Maleczech Sleepwalker
Anna Levine Mae
Hynden Walch Darlene
Technical Credits
Rebecca Miller Director, Screenwriter
Ron Kastner Producer
Ellen Kuras Cinematographer
Melody London Editor
Pam Reece Casting
Michael Rohatyn Score Composer
Caroline Seckinger Set Decoration/Design
Stefan Springman Sound/Sound Designer
Lemore Syvan Producer
Daniel Talpers Production Designer
Todd Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Cindy Tolan Casting
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Moving Day [6:48]
2. Fresh Souls [10:52]
3. Clean Inside [7:23]
4. The Virgin [7:52]
5. A Good Week [10:19]
6. Outside the Circle [6:36]
7. The Babysitter [8:58]
8. Following the Signs [9:10]
9. The Big Nothing [8:33]
10. Baptism [9:49]
11. The Way to Heaven [5:46]
12. The River [9:35]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      Filmmaker Commentary
         Commentary From Writer/Director, Rebecca Miller: On
         Commentary From Writer/Director, Rebecca Miller: Off
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         Ron Kastner
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         Keep the River on Your Right
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      Credits
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