Directed by Christophe Honoré, Sorry Angel is a love story set in the early 90s. Jacques (played by Pierre Deladochamps) is an HIV-positive writer in his early 40s struggling with writer’s block.
On a work-related trip to Rennes where a production of one of his plays is on stage, he meets young, bisexual and bookish student, Arthur (Vincent Lacoste) in a movie theatre. As Jane Campion’s The Piano rolls on the big screen, the two men strike up the first spark of love. They agree to meet up again, despite Jacques’ wariness to get too involved with someone.
When he returns to Paris (and his son), Jacques also takes in a former lover who is dying from an AIDS-related disease, when Arthur suggests that he comes to visit.
Sorry Angel tells the story of love in the face of a disease that was not yet as well understood as it is today, and in a time before it became effortless to meet lovers. The love scenes are convincing and honest and, ultimately, Sorry Angel is a story that combines unrequited love, coming out and the impact of AIDS in its early days.
The film was released at Cannes 2018 to an eager audience, following the success of Call Me By Your Name and 120 Beats Per Minute.
We’ll discuss Sorry Angel on Rainbow Talk on GaySA Radio on Friday, 1 February. Don’t forget to tune in and listen. You can have a look at the trailer for Sorry Angel below.