One may wonder why a film with several distinguished and popular actors, which is the case of "Semana Santa", which also bears as titles "Angel of Death" (as here) and "Ange mortel", has had so little in the way of reviews on Amazon's various national WWW wites (writing in Jan. 2015). Well, there are a dozen of them, at present, on Amazon's U.S. site for the film in its North American packaging and one on Amazon-France for it as "Semana Santa". Since there is no review yet on Amazon-France of the film in this North American edition, in French or in any other language, here is one in English! The North American edition viewed (Alliance Atlantis 20645) presents it as "Angel of Death" (in French titled "Ange mortel"). The film has not had much of a welcome on DVD, judging from Amazon and IMDb reviews. That is understandable, however, despite so many good ingredients, not least of which are the beauties of traditional, Spanish Baroque encrusted, super-Catholic Sevilla as well as elsewhere in Andalusia, the movie's settings, which also are its filming locations. The first part of this motion picture makes Seville's visual splendour very present to the viewer's attention.
The other truly major visual asset is Olivier Martinez, the French actor of the Spanish family name. He looks in top form, and, let us face it, the man who has been called "the French Brad Pitt", rather inappropriately due to the decidedly latin character of his undeniable physical beauty and grace, thus differing considerably from Pitt's very Anglo-Flemish/American brand of charisma) is terrific "eye candy" to find in such a minor-league film. Unfortunately, Olivier Martinez' acting, as seen here, does not manifest itself, alas, at his best.Lire la suite ›