Angel (15)

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French director, François Ozon, fares well with Angel. Set in England in the early 20th century, it stars Romola Garai as a grocer's daughter who becomes the Barbara Cartland of her day. Ozon stages her rise to fame as a pastiche of a 1950s rags-to-riches movie, and Garai is splendidly obnoxious as a blithe egotist who never reads anyone else's books, but "quite likes Shakespeare, except when he's trying to be funny". However, the fun ebbs away in the second half when the film shifts from being a parody of a melodrama to the real thing.

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