- Directed by Gilles Carle
- Starring Carole Laure, Lewis Furey, Jean Comptois, Joe Elsnor
- Written by Gilles Carle
The Angel and the Woman (1977) -- L'Ange et la femme is a very curious, surreal, black-and-white film, based on the premises that angels exist on earth in the guise of humans and that they can resurrect the dead and affect the time stream and that they live for beauty.
A beautiful woman is murdered but is resurrected by the angel Gabriel who falls in love with her beauty. She has no memory of her past life. By keeping her alone with him in a home in the wilderness, away from humanity, he is able to teach her the angelic concept of beauty and she is able to learn to play the piano beautifully in a very short time. However, her longing to return to humanity leads her out of the protection and beauty of the angelic life.
The story is fine, but the visuals in this film are most striking -- the look is dark, Kafka-esque, per The Castle-- all black and white, and shot in winter in the Canadian countryside -- so stark, sparse. And ditto for the soundtrack, which consists of hushed conversations and minimalist violin solos, all of which are spaced by prolonged silences. If you prefer the style of meandering European art films to thrill-a-minute Hollywood blockbusters, then L'Ange et la Femme is for you.
The Angel and the Woman DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 7/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.