“[Moreau's] Jackie Demaistre is a mesmerizing, compulsively watchable performance, one of the few films roles you literally hold your breath watching”
Jeanne Moreau stars as an aging, impulsive ash-blonde Parisian gambler with a blind spot for roulette in Jacques Demy’s spontaneous and dazzling second feature, “a magical, whirling little film, a triumph of style” (Pauline Kael).
Upon her arrival at the casino mecca of Nice she strikes it lucky and simultaneously picks up a handsome young man (Claude Mann) who she comes to regard as her talisman despite her later heavy losses. Demy masterfully creates a contrastive world that combines a lyrical storyline of love, loss and addiction with a harder-edged, sun-kissed, almost pulpy sensibility.
Le Baie des Anges features a memorably evocative score by Michel Legrand.