Synopsis: Angel Deverell comes of age in Edwardian Cheshire knowing she will be a great writer. Rising above her class (her widowed mother has a grocery shop), Angel finds a publisher and a wide audience for her frothy romances. With royalties, she buys an estate, then she's smitten by Esme, a rake from local aristocracy and an artist of dark temperament. She hires Esme's sister Nora, who dotes on her, as a personal assistant, and pursues Esme. Angel is grandly self-centered, coloring her world as if it were one of her novels. When the Great War breaks out and reality begins to trump her will, can Angel hold on to her man and her public?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): François Ozon
Production: Lions Gate Films
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

(church bell ringing)

- Huh!


- Miss Angelica!


Come along! Quickly now.

Now remember,

Miss Angelica,

finish your studies.

Come on, in you go.

(horses neighing)

Come on!

Nice clear voices, please.


Come in.

Well, well, Miss Deverell returns.

I hope this time

you have a better excuse

for your absence.

- I've been sick, Miss Dawson.

- And being sick has prevented

you from writing your essay.

- No. I've done it.

- Then perhaps you'd care

to share it with the class.

- Of course I will.

- Shh, shh, shh...!

(girl coughing)

- "In the depths of the forest,

"sheltered from the four winds

"by ancient oaks

"whose leaves in summertime

offer a blessed shade,

"stands, stark against the vast

vacuity of the empyrean,

"a great house

"cherished by the gods,

on whose steps

"iridescent-feathered peacocks

sometimes strut,

sheltered from the furious

lightening-veined storm--"

- You obviously read

a great deal, Miss Deverell.

- No, I never read.

- You're quite sure you haven't

been stealing from Mr Dickens

or Miss Corelli?

- Books don't interest me.

- So what do you do

in your spare time?

- I play the harp, mostly.

(class laughing)

- You'll get no marks

for this essay, Miss Deverell.

Your homework

was to describe where you live,

and unless I'm mistaken,

you do not live in a great house

cherished by the gods,

but over your mother's

grocery shop.

(class laughing)

And now the next one.

Miss Brown, I think.

- Angel!

Uh, I'm so sorry,

I won't be a minute.

Robert, would you take over

here for me, please? Thank you.

I want a word with you,

young lady.

- What is it now?

- You wicked girl.

How dare you say those things

about your father!

"Not my real father"?

"Daughter of an aristocrat"?

How d'you think this makes me

look in front of my customers?

- Who cares

about your customers?

- We'd have nothing today

if your father hadn't set up

this business.

D'you understand?

- What I understand

is that one day, because of me,

the name of Deverell will shine

throughout the world with glory.

- That's enough! Your lies

will be the death of me!


- I can just see the headlines:

"Grocer found dead -

suicide suspected as mother

of literary prodigy is discov--"

How dare you hit me!?

- I'm sorry, but I'm sick of it.

- "In 1885,

"into one of the oldest

and most illustrious families

"in all England...

"... was born a lively

and adorable-looking child,

"who, in later years,

"at the pinnacle of her glory

and renown,

"would be known to the world

as Lady Irania."

- Angel, your dinner's ready.

You're still angry with me?

- Leave me alone.

- Madam says she's looking

for a servant for her daughter,

Miss Angelica.

I'm wondering

if I should mention Angel.

She's always dreamed of going

to Paradise House, hasn't she?

- Why, Lottie...

that would be

a wonderful opportunity!

- And that way,

if she gives up school,

people won't think

she's been expelled -

which could be bad

for business, Emmy.

- Angel,

sweetheart, your aunt's got

some wonderful news.

- I shall never go

to Paradise House.

- Really?

Because school told me

you've been writing

all about your little visits.

- Never like that!

- Never like what?

- Never like you, Aunt Lottie:

serving other people.

- Serving other people's

nothing to be ashamed of.

We're all servants of God.

- Well, you won't make me

a servant of any kind.

- Of course, I was forgetting.

Humility and selfishness

count for nothing in this world!

- Calm down, Lottie. And, Angel,

apologize to your aunt.

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Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-born American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s, and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She continued her career successfully into the 1960s, and remained a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend. Born in London to wealthy, socially prominent American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939, and she was soon given a film contract by Universal Pictures. She made her screen debut in a minor role in There's One Born Every Minute (1942), but Universal terminated her contract after a year. Taylor was then signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and had her breakthrough role in National Velvet (1944), becoming one of the studio's most popular teenaged stars. She made the transition to adult roles in the early 1950s, when she starred in the comedy Father of the Bride (1950) and received critical acclaim for her performance in the drama A Place in the Sun (1951). Despite being one of MGM's most bankable stars, Taylor wished to end her career in the early 1950s. She resented the studio's control and disliked many of the films to which she was assigned. She began receiving roles she enjoyed more in the mid-1950s, beginning with the epic drama Giant (1956), and starred in several critically and commercially successful films in the following years. These included two film adaptations of plays by Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959); Taylor won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for the latter. Although she disliked her role as a call girl in BUtterfield 8 (1960), her last film for MGM, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. Taylor was then paid a record-breaking $1 million to play the title role in the historical epic Cleopatra (1963), the most expensive film made up to that point. During the filming, Taylor and co-star Richard Burton began an extramarital affair, which caused a scandal. Despite public disapproval, she and Burton continued their relationship and were married in 1964. Dubbed "Liz and Dick" by the media, they starred in 11 films together, including The V.I.P.s (1963), The Sandpiper (1965), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Taylor received the best reviews of her career for Woolf, winning her second Academy Award and several other awards for her performance. She and Burton divorced in 1974, but reconciled soon after, and re-married in 1975. The second marriage ended in divorce in 1976. Taylor's acting career began to decline in the late 1960s, although she continued starring in films until the mid-1970s, after which she focused on supporting the career of her sixth husband, Senator John Warner. In the 1980s, she acted in her first substantial stage roles and in several television films and series, and became the first celebrity to launch a perfume brand. Taylor was also one of the first celebrities to take part in HIV/AIDS activism. She co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991. From the early 1990s until her death, she dedicated her time to philanthropy. She received several accolades for it, including the Presidential Citizens Medal. Throughout her career, Taylor's personal life was the subject of constant media attention. She was married eight times to seven men, endured serious illnesses, and led a jet set lifestyle, including assembling one of the most expensive private collections of jewelry. After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in 2011. more…

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