Bay Of Angels Movie Review
A nearly identical story is done a bit more effectively in 1984's Tricheurs, but Jacques Demy's early film has some compelling moments, most notably a sudden and powerful ending that is wholly unexpected but is surprisingly satisfying. Bay of Angels ought to be a film school lesson in how to end a movie.
Too bad that the story is so slight and the acting is forgettable. Moreau bears little of her trademark charm, relying on her hairdo to carry her character. And Mann is forgotten once the credits role, which the part calls for to some extent, of course. Demy was clearly still developing a visual style here, as well. And while a few flourishes sneak through, on the whole the cinematography is dead-on straightforward.
Interesting effort worth a look by Demy enthusiasts.
Aka La Baie des anges.