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|Strange as Angels|
Actors: Jamila Anderson, Mimi Ayers, Inny Clemons, James Craven, Herschel McPherson
Director: Steven Foley
Genres: Comedy, Drama
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CR | California | 02/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think it is important that we support all kinds of black films and not just those that tell the same story in the same way over and over again. I actually think that this film would do well with audiences that aren't black because of the way they told the story.
I thought that the movie was good. It offered a different perspective on black filmmaking and didn't follow the typical pattern of most romantic comedies with an all black cast. It was almost like a foreign film because sometimes it was "slow" but that gave you a chance to really observe and get into the characters. This film is nothing like "Waiting to Exhale" or "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" which, to me, were trite and don't reflect life as it is really lived.
As far as the acting, it is good. To me, the characters were like people that I really know even though the dialogue can be a bit philosophical, which to me is ok because black folk are usually just dancing, going to church or joking around in movies. The lead female character gives people a chance to see another side of black women, which is cool with me.
It was also good to see black sexuality on screen in such a straightforward manner.
Overall, even though the film has flaws, I enjoyed it and think that others will too.
Finally -- Real black women and grown-up black men
SmartCookie | Minnesota | 05/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Finally, a thoughtful feature-film portrayal of characters who have ambitions, hopes, desires -- and happen to be African American! This character-focused film will appeal to those who prefer indie productions to plot-driven Hollywood blockbusters and trite rom-coms. It deals with slow revelations of character and interpersonal complexities.
As the lead female, Marie-Francoise Theodore turns in a nuanced performance as a painter struggling to balance her artistic ambitions and emotional needs. She and the men in her life confront the stereotyping -- divas, mammies, strong & silent --that stifle honest relationships. "Strange as Angels" is a welcome relief from films that cater to the UPN-TV view of black womanhood as either as high maintenance divas or ho's, and of self-absorbed or immature men. If you liked recent character-focused films like "Lost in Translation," or "Sideways," this is your speed."
I enjoyed this movie!
Maya | CA, USA | 07/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After reading the director's review I must state my opinion. I feel this movie is for people who are creative and open minded. Most people can't see past what they normally see every day. This movie does not have the basic everyday romantic story line. I feel this movie is very deep and it makes you think about love and life on another level. I look at it as a personal diary of love and heartbreak unfolding before your eyes. It tells a really good story filled with emotion. I am very glad that I purchased this movie. I feel I am a very creative and artistic person so I can appreciate a movie like this. I think it is something you have to see more than once to really understand and grasp the nature behind the character. I think you should give this movie a chance. I really enjoyed it!"