The Angel

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The Angel
Engelen | Margreth Olin, 2009
Norway | 97 minutes

Winner of the national people’s choice film award, Olin’s deeply felt drama follows a woman trying to get her life on track after years of struggle. Growing up, Lea has a fragile mother who is attached to a cruel alcoholic; as an adult, she herself faces the heartbreaking challenges of drug abuse. Showcasing a wrenching Maria Bonnevie as the adult Lea, The Angel moves from a lyrical treatment of Lea’s childhood years to the hard truths of adult responsibility, in a story drawn from the experiences of one of Olin’s friends.

Series: The Far Side of Paradise: New Films from Norway

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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