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Angele and Tony  {Angèle et Tony}

Angele and Tony
Angèle et Tony

France, 2010, 87 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Drama, French/French Canadian, Romance
Programs: Argonaut Wine & Film Series, Contemporary World Cinema
Language: French English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Alix Delaporte
Producer: Hélène Ustaze
Editor: Louise Decelle
Screenwriter: Alix Delaporte
Cinematographer: Claire Mathon
Principal Cast: Clotlde Hesme, Grégory Gadebois, Evelyne Didi, Jérôme Huguet, Antoine Couleau

A recent arrival to a fishing village in Normandy, Angèle comes with a past. Recently paroled from prison, she answers personal ads in an attempt to get her life back on track—if married, she can regain custody of her young son. However, the boy wants nothing to do with her, and her vain attempts at stability seem futile. When she meets Tony, a solid and hard-working fisherman with a kind heart, she tries to seduce him, though it’s obvious she knows nothing about the type of love he seeks. He rebuffs her advances but offers her a job and a place to stay, even as he admonishes her coarse demeanor.

Tony’s decision creates tension within his family, yet he stands by his choice. And as his slow and steady approach thaws Angèle’s cold heart, she soon becomes involved in Tony’s life and that of the fishing community, taking part in the town’s celebrations as well as its strife. In the end, Angèle et Tony is an unconventional love story about the transformative power of compassion.

Filmed entirely on location in Port-en-Bessin, this quiet drama is based in part on the real-life struggles facing France’s fishermen. Director Alix Delaporte, a former journalist and documentary filmmaker, brings a realist’s touch to a fictional tale, while Clotilde Hesme, as Angèle, manages to convey both toughness and fragility, and Gregory Gadbois makes for a sensitive foil.
—REBECCA CARO

Sponsored by Argonaut Wine & Liquor, LA Film & TV Office–French Embassy


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