Angela

Angela

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Director: Roberta Torre

Cast: Donatella Finocchiaro, Andrea Di Stefano, Mario Pupella

     
 

Roberta Torre's Angela is a love story set in the mob world. Angela (Donatella Finocchiaro) is a woman devoted to her older gangster husband, Saro (Mario Pupella). When Masino (Andrea Di Stefano) goes to work for Saro, Angela and Masino begin an affair. Their illicit relationship is discovered when the cops raid the shoe store where she works. The police offer…  See more details below

Overview

Roberta Torre's Angela is a love story set in the mob world. Angela (Donatella Finocchiaro) is a woman devoted to her older gangster husband, Saro (Mario Pupella). When Masino (Andrea Di Stefano) goes to work for Saro, Angela and Masino begin an affair. Their illicit relationship is discovered when the cops raid the shoe store where she works. The police offer to destroy the evidence of her affair if she will turn on her husband, but she refuses. Angela was screened during the Directors Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Angela is a well-made mafia drama, rich in atmosphere and filled with strong, naturalistic performances, but the story itself isn't particularly exciting. Told predominantly from a woman's point-of-view (that of the title character, a mob boss' wife played by Donatella Finocchiaro), it plays out a little bit too slowly and without much incident, more like a reverie than the slice-of-mafia-life it seems to promise. Writer/director Roberta Torre shot her film on the streets of Palermo, filling only the lead roles with professional actors, so it does have an authentically gritty atmosphere. Finocchiaro has charisma to burn, and delivers an excellent, low-key performance as the conflicted wife. The actress and the locations are the film's strongest selling points, and Torre makes the most of both. Andrea Di Stefano (Before Night Falls) is also very effective as Angela's seducer, Masino. It's an effective exercise in gender reversal, particularly in this tough milieu, to have Masino be such an empty-headed, pretty femme fatale type, and the object of the camera's fetishistic gaze. In fact, in every aspect but its fairly tepid and predictable plot, Angela offers an interesting, slightly skewed take on the gangland tale.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
UPC:
0687797994097
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Alchemy / Millennium
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
61,803

Special Features

Scene selections; Previews; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donatella Finocchiaro Angela
Andrea Di Stefano Masino
Mario Pupella Saro
Erasmo Lobello Actor
Tony Gambino Actor
Matteo Gulino Actor
Giuseppe Pettinato Actor
Maria Mistretta Actor

Technical Credits
Roberta Torre Director,Screenwriter
Roberto Alchimede Executive Producer
Cinzia Alchimede Sound/Sound Designer
Daniele Cipri Cinematographer
Andrea Guerra Score Composer
Roberto Missiroli Editor
Lierka Ruisic Producer
Rita Rusic Producer
Enrico Serafini Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Angela
1. Palermo, 1984 [8:52]
2. Jewelry [8:07]
3. Watched [8:43]
4. Assistance [7:55]
5. Downpour [9:28]
6. Warmth [8:33]
7. Snapshots [7:13]
8. Imprisoned [10:00]
9. Phone Call [10:20]
10. Lover's Kiss [5:14]
11. Walking Away [2:44]
12. End Credits [3:47]

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Italian director Roberta Torre co-wrote with Massimo D'Anolfi this little film based on a true story of an incident in 1984 Sicily that revealed the integration of home life with crime in a quietly subtle way. Expect no major crime scenes (with one exception) and don't look for a THE SOPRANOS spin-off and the film will entertain because it is an honest attempt to demonstrate how passion can upset even the most controlled crime syndicate. Angela (the very beautiful Donatella Finocchiaro) is married to Rosario 'Saro' Parlagreco (Mario Pupella), a shoe store owner in Palermo where Angela works - not only selling shoes but also selling drugs in a very cleverly devised crime syndicate run by her husband. Saro gives her jewels and money and all the things that are supposed to make a wife happy. But when Angela's interest in the business/drug trafficking wanes, Saro brings on handsome Masino (Andrea Di Stefano) to brighten the scene. The police are watching the operation, attempting to capture evidence to shut down the drug business. When Angela and Masino begin a rather torrid affair the police photograph their liaisons and this leads to the destruction of the shoe store drug business. The entire group is jailed with Angela and Manino being released on house arrest. But when Saro is informed by the police of his wife's infidelity the theme becomes operatic and the resolution of the true story is typical Sicilian drama. The movie is slight, short, in Italian with English subtitles, and is well wroth watching for the pleasure of Donatella Finocchiaro's presence. It is fascinating to see how even a small drug operation can have such impact on a real family. Grady Harp