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Bay of Angels(La Baie des Anges)

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France

1963

1h 24m

Director Jacques Demy

Starring Jeanne Moreau, Claude Mann, Paul Guers, Henri Nassiet

Genre Romance, Drama

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A hypnotic tale of gambling, love, seduction, and obsession at the roulette wheel. When a bank clerk and a compulsive gambler fall in love, they use each other as good luck charms but soon enough their luck runs out.

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75

New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Seen through Demy's eyes (and Raoul Coutard's shimmering black-and-white photography), their extravagance is so effortlessly cool, you feel somehow lucky just to be there with them.
50

TV Guide Magazine by Frank Lovece

The title of the film is most unfortunate because it gives no indication of the film's stark theme. Moreau is good as the disenchanted woman, but Mann is less effective.
90

Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Because Bay of Angels reveals rather than moralizes, because its concerns are character and psychology, it's a potent showcase for Moreau's gifts.
80

Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Most of all, it's an early chapter of Demy's courtship with the provincial France of his youth, with the most bewitching generation of French actresses, and with movies.

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