Angels in Fast Motion

Director: Ole Christian Madsen

Denmark| 2005. English subtitles. Colour. Dolby stereo. 123 min.

Maria is a pusher, searching for love in a world of junkies and bikers; Allan is desperately trying to stay clean after returning from an ill-fated trip across the Pacific; and Steso is torn between the only two things that give his life meaning—his drugs and his girlfriend. Hard as nails, yet shot through with a yearning, desperate romanticism, director Ole Christian Madsen’s third feature is like Trainspotting crossed with Les Amants du Pont-Neuf—a glimpse inside the subculture of addiction that manages to sidestep the usual cliches and represent the messy complexity and contradictions of real life. It’s European commercial cinema at its most urgent and persuasive.

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