The Angel

The Angel  {Engelen}
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The Angel
Engelen
Norway, 2009, 97 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Sweden, Finland
Topics: Drama, Woman Director, Women
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Norwegian and Swedish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Maria Bonnevie, Best Actress, 2009 Tallinn Black Nights FF, Dragon Award, 2010 Nordic Film Market

A lyrically shot tale of addiction and dysfunctional families, The Angel is a story about women inheriting and enduring their mother’s pain; a story where dependence determines every decision. It marks the feature debut of noted Norwegian documaker Margreth Olin, and grew out of a non-fiction project about a heroin-addicted friend that she abandoned out of concern for the subject.

As the film opens, a doped-up Lea (Maria Bonnevie) makes an extremely bad impression on her baby daughter’s foster parents; later, flashbacks reveal her disturbing youth and young adulthood. From the wrong side of the tracks, Lea grows up in a small house on the edge of the forest. When her father dies, her fragile mother Madelene takes up with the jealous alcoholic Ole. Unable to prevent Madelene from being beaten, Lea winds up as a substance abuser. Winner, Audience Award, Gothenburg Film Festival; Best Actress, Talinn Film Festival.

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DIRECTOR: Margreth Olin
Producer: Thomas Robsahm
Editor: Helge Billing
Screenwriter: Margreth Olin
Cinematographer: Kim Hiorthøy
Music: Thomas Robsahm
Principal Cast: Maria Bonnevie, Gunilla Röör, Antti Reini, Börje Ahlstedt, Helene Michelsen, Milla Mykløen
Filmography: The 7 Deadly Sins (2000)
Print Source: Norwegian Film Institute - www.nfi.no


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