Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg

1985
Drama
Fantasy
Direct-to-Video
1h 11m
A young girl is the sole protector of a very precious, large egg. Her lair is near a large, abandoned, decaying gothic city inhabited by restless shadows. A mysterious young man arrives one day, and eventually wins her trust... (imdb)
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Angel's Egg

1985
Drama
Fantasy
Direct-to-Video
1h 11m
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Rated 21 Dec 2014
4
55th
a personal allegory by a director rumored to have suffered a crisis of faith which swayed him from the path to priesthood. heavily informed by christian perspectives and symbolism, it's a grand and sombre work which magnifies the mysterious forces underlying how human beings exist and relate to the world, ruminating on various dichotomies: creation and destruction, innocence and experience, being and becoming, the material and the transcendent, truth and myth. it's anime for tarkovsky fans.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
65
76th
Oshii surely likes symbolism. Angel's egg is a journey through subconcsious without a word. Beatiful artwork by Amano. One may not get it (I didn't) which will not take out the unique and serene quality it has and still enjoy.
Rated 09 Apr 2012
70
59th
Serenely cold and withdrawn, the timbre is otherworldly and frightening. There are a few strange motifs: shadow men hunt shadow fish in a lifeless stone city; a brief exploration of the scientific process and the way humans err to learn; flirtations with Christian mythology only to reveal its Christ as distinctly human. Probably overambitious, and too distracted even in its short running time to achieve on its ambitions. But worth watching, with haunting artwork.
Rated 18 Jan 2008
58
15th
The allegories (if you can even call such a blatant Christ figure an allegory) are too blunt to be interesting, and the slowness of the film seems unwarranted. It invites you to provide your own interpretation, yet it doesn't really encourage you to. There were some parts I didn't quite understand, but the parts I did understand didn't inspire me to dig any deeper. I didn't like Ghost in the Shell that much either, but at least it had a fun hipness to it. This is mostly just goth twaddle.
Rated 30 Mar 2010
75
59th
This is the most artistically ambitious Japanese animated film I've seen, but it's important to note I haven't seen a lot. Beautiful, quiet imagery and an atonal musical score mixed with an esoteric, philosophical storyline make for a powerful experience. It's mercifully short at 71 minutes; I likely wouldn't be able to take much more. I doubt I really know what it's about (there's clearly a religious theme), but it's the kind of movie that succeeds thanks to its inconclusive outlook.
Rated 18 Oct 2013
7
67th
With movies like this it's less of a story and more of a feeling - in this case, a feeling of limbo or emptiness - and the trick is to keep it going and going. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. Either way, I enjoyed its quiet nature despite the so-so execution.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
76
94th
A beautifully animated symbolic mythological story. Quiet, elliptical, mysterious. Pure poetry. Very slow moving
Rated 08 Apr 2019
5
27th
The animation, art style and atmosphere are its biggest strengths, while the scattered metaphorical elements don't accomplish much to turn it into a meaningful experience by any means.
Rated 06 May 2018
75
58th
I enjoyed this, even if I'm still not sure what 'this' is.
Rated 18 Feb 2017
55
31st
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Rated 16 Dec 2013
57
26th
I get that it's brimming with Christian symbolism and bleak themes and shit like that, I just don't really get why. Maybe that's the fault of my own dumbness but I just didn't understand why pretty much anything happened in the whole movie. But I can even more safely say I have no idea why movie sites tend to classify this as horror
Rated 13 Mar 2010
73
29th
Obtuse and slow but never unengaging.
Rated 21 Jun 2010
69
65th
With barely any dialogue, a very slow pace and metaphor-heavy, dark visuals this is definately not for everyone. It has a meditative quality that appealed to me and it is quite gorgeous but it's not something I'm gonna revisit.
Rated 18 Aug 2017
7
50th
sure looked cool but was ultimately a load of bullhockey
Rated 05 Jun 2019
75
83rd
Boasts a beautiful morose atmosphere with some clever usage of cinematography. But beyond that, getting meaning out of this movie is difficult given its vagueness and how the director himself seems uncertain of its meaning. I rarely like stories that rely on symbolism, but there is more substance here than most. Watching this as a Christian allegory can lead to a lot of interesting interpretations. On the other hand, a lot of things aren't conveyed too well even if you look at it symbolically.
Rated 18 Sep 2019
60
26th
Boy: "I've seen a tree like this somewere... When was it? So long ago that I've forgotten... Under a sky where the clouds made sound as they moved. The black horizon swelled and from it grew a huge tree. It sucked the life from the ground... And it's pulsing branches reached up, as if to grasp something…"
Rated 17 Dec 2023
50
26th
The artwork is simply beautiful, the atmosphere is this wonderfully sombre micture of confusion and admiration, and the hefty themes which peek through the cracks of the story as presented are interesting brain food at the least. But I feel like there is so little actually happening, so much left to interpretation, so much that tries to just pass its whole message simply through the art, that I ended up not liking it as a movie, and I think it would be better as a short or an art gallery exhibit
Rated 06 Apr 2010
60
50th
Good animation... but story just ends up being weird, arty anime.
Rated 13 Mar 2022
100
99th
Angel's Egg felt like an eternity of some lost soul wandering the unending plains of nothingness to only reflect itself as a dream to me that I will never be sure is just that.
Rated 01 Feb 2018
100
94th
Plot! We don't need no stinking plot!
Rated 07 Sep 2013
80
88th
What a movie! Very slowpaced (kind of reminded me of the Tree of Life), good music and probably the most mysterious movie I've ever seen. Lots of symbolism and amazing art. Also I loved the pretty simple story and the little dialogue (adds to the mystery). The dude must really hate birds :D. Souldn't be missed by anime lovers!
Rated 03 Aug 2020
89
83rd
I've watched this film several times, and my recollection is still fractured and dream-like. A poem.
Rated 09 Sep 2017
83
79th
A film which I deeply felt. Profound animation and while I'm not entirely sure of what I saw, powerful storytelling.
Rated 20 Dec 2023
85
90th
Atmosphere and symbolism. Not much else, but the story seemed better this way.
Rated 03 Apr 2012
73
13th
I understood that entire movie. Did you?
Rated 26 Sep 2023
63
83rd
What a stunning movie; most frames are immaculate, and the soundtrack is exquisite. It has an eeriness to it that encapsulates the film's entire aura. However, I'd be lying if I said I fully connected emotionally to it. But either way, it's such a beautiful movie.
Rated 24 Feb 2023
87
69th
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