Sorry Angel

Set in 90s Paris, Sorry Angel is a tenderly rendered love story that lingers long after the credits roll

Film Review by Joseph Walsh | 17 Mar 2019
  • Sorry Angel
Film title: Sorry Angel
Director: Christophe Honoré
Starring: Pierre Deladonchamps, Vincent Lacoste, Denis Podalydès, Quentin Thébault, Sophie Letourneur
Release date: 22 Mar
Certificate: 15

Christophe Honoré's latest work opens in 90s Paris, where HIV-positive writer Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) has decided he will never suffer the pain of love again. That is until he encounters a young student called Arthur (Vincent Lacoste). With a notable literary quality, Honoré tenderly renders the characters' relationship, lingering on small details to allow the emotion of a scene to gently play out. Honoré is an accomplished screenwriter, as Les Chansons d'Amour demonstrated, but the tone here is more potent and poetic.

Deladonchamps’ Jacques is a captivating mix of fragility, arrogance and loneliness. He knows that he’s living on borrowed time, and so he lives life fiercely. But he’s also a desperate cynic afraid to get his heart broken. All of which adds up to a refreshing LGBTQ+ romance, even in the wake of more mainstream hits such as Call Me By Your Name. Here, Honoré offers up a love story that lingers in the mind. The intensity of feeling and love between his characters will haunt you long after the credits have faded. [Joseph Walsh]

Released 22 Mar by Thunderbird; certificate 15