Angelica
Showings
Sequoia 2Sat, Oct 10, 2015 8:00 PM
Special Guest Mitchell Lichtenstein, Jena Malone
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Rafael 3Sun, Oct 11, 2015 8:00 PM
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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Mind the Gap
Special Premiere
Spotlights & Tributes
Country:US
Year:2015
Running Time:95 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Mitchell Lichtenstein
Producer:Joyce Pierpoline
Screenwriter:Mitchell Lichtenstein
Cinematographer:Dick Pope
Editor:Lee Percy
Andy Hafitz
Cast:Jena Malone
Janet McTeer
Ed Stoppard
Tovah Feldshuh
Print Source:Angelica Film Productions
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong
Description
Sexual repression and supernatural entities make uneasy bedfellows for Constance Barton (Jena Malone) in this playfully twisted period drama. It’s not that Constance doesn’t want to make love with her husband Joseph (Ed Stoppard); it’s that she’s been forbidden to after the difficult birth of their daughter, Angelica. Overwrought by this enforced physical separation, the young mother sees nightmarish visions taking shape in the house and threatening her and the child, so she turns to a formidable spirit hunter named Mrs. Montague (Janet McTeer, who steals every scene she’s in) for assistance. Based on the novel by Arthur Phillips, Lichtenstein’s film revels in the psychosexual turmoil of its heroine while making pointed references about the predicaments of women in the Victorian age. With ravishing art direction and a careful balance of chills and dramatic suspense, Angelica is a haunting tale of unfed appetites and the damage they can wreak.
Additional Information

Writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein made his directing debut with the 2007 cult favorite Teeth, about the misadventures of a high school girl who discovers that her vagina has teeth, which premiered at Sundance (with a Best Actress nod for Jess Weixler) and Berlin. His second feature, Happy Tears, which premiered in Competition in Berlin, is a dramedy starring Demi Moore, Parker Posey, Rip Torn, and Ellen Barkin. Lichtenstein is also known for his acting roles in Robert Altman’s Streamers (Best Actor, Venice Film Festival 1983) and Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet. A graduate of Bennington College and the Yale School of Drama, he resides in New York City. Angelica is his third feature film.