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La baie des anges

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“[Moreau's] Jackie Demaistre is a mesmerizing, compulsively watchable performance, one of the few films roles you literally hold your breath watching”

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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.