December 21st, 2005



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A beautiful woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.0/10 (13,334 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

Director: Luc Besson

Stars: Rie Rasmussen, Jamel Debbouze, Gilbert Melki

André, a small-time ex-convict, seems to owe money to everyone in Paris, including a crime boss who promises to kill him if he doesn't repay him by midnight. After failing to find protection from the American embassy and the French police, a despairing André scrambles onto a bridge over the Seine, intending to leap to his death. He is surprised to see a tall, beautiful girl clinging to a rail on the same bridge, apparently preparing to end her life as well. She jumps, and he jumps too, suddenly resolving to save her life. After scrambling ashore, she tells him her name is Angel-A. Together, they take a cruise on the Seine, repay André's creditors, visit a Parisian nightspot, and more, as Angel-A helps André. He learns that for this purpose she has fallen out of the sky and into his life. André finds himself falling in love with this mysterious beauty.

Jamel Debbouze - André Moussah
Rie Rasmussen - Angel-A
Gilbert Melki - Franck
Serge Riaboukine - Pedro
Akim Chir - Le chef des malfrats
Eric Balliet - Garde du corps Franck
Loïc Pora - Le malfrat #2
Venus Boone - La mère d'Angela
Jérôme Guesdon - Le malfrat #3
Michel Bellot - Le planton US
Michel Chesneau - Le flic commissariat
Olivier Claverie - Le sécrétaire US
Solange Milhaud - La femme de Saint-Lazare
Laurent Jumeaucourt - Le dragueur
Franck-Olivier Bonnet - Le dernier client


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 21 December 2005

Filming Locations: Montmartre, Paris 18, Paris, France

Box Office Details

Budget: €15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £47,825 (UK) (30 July 2006) (26 Screens)

Gross: $202,200 (USA) (30 September 2007)

Technical Specs


Revealing mistakes: When Andre is talking with Angel-a right after her rescue, his necklaces changes position in and out of his shirt.

Angel-A: [in French] I'm an angel.
André: [in French] I love you.

User Review


Rating: 9/10

A beautiful, breathtakingly shot movie with a touching storyline. Besson often talks about his feminine side, and he is in full touch with it here. Those expecting another Nikita with lots of guns and car chases should look elsewhere. I'm sure they will find at least 10 other movies like that now in the multiplex, but nothing like this. Serious Besson fans will not be disappointed. Besson has filmed a Paris that is at the same time both beautiful and real. We see the beauty of Notre Dame, Parisian cafés, the city's bridges, but we also see its ugliness and the difficulty faced by those who do not fit the stereotype of what it means to be French. Anyone who has ever felt like a stranger in their own home will find a kindred spirit in Andre. It is a struggle to fit into a culture and a struggle to value one's self as a part of it.


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