Launched this Sunday on OCS, Angela Black is a mini-series that cannot be ignored. Angela Black is a woman abused by her husband who does not know how to get out of this hell.
What is it about ?
Angela Black apparently leads an idyllic life with her husband, Olivier. She hides the violence she suffers on a daily basis from those around her. Soon, a private investigator, Ed, comes to meet her and divulges her husband’s darkest secrets. Despite what she is going through, is she ready to free herself from her partner’s shackles?
Angela Black, a series created by Jack Williams and Harry Williams with Joanna Froggatt, Michiel Huisman, Samuel Adewunmi…
A chilling series
Led by Joanne Froggatt – Anna Bates in Dowton Abbey – and Michiel Huisman – known for her roles in Game of Thrones and The Haunting of Hill House – Angela Black is a shocking miniseries about a man who beats his wife.
In the opening scene, Angela and Olivier are drinking wine with their friends whom they invited to their gorgeous all-glass house that looks like it came straight out of a chic glossy magazine. An awkwardness – experienced as a provocation – on the part of Angela during the evening provokes the anger of Olivier who beats her to the point of losing a tooth.
The tone is set. Angela Black is not a series that makes detours. She tackles the subject of domestic violence head-on and if the camera turns away when Olivier’s blows fall on Angela, she bluntly shows her swollen face.
If his open lip calls out to those close to him, they look no further when Angela explains that she just took a door in the face. But one Halloween night when she needs to breathe outside her golden prison, she meets a man (Samuel Adewunmi) who turns out to be a private detective hired by Olivier to follow Angela. Except that the latter said to be disgusted by the actions of his client.
At this moment, this drama takes on Hitchcockian accents where the real intentions of Olivier and the way in which Angela will react become the main issues. Can Angela trust this private detective who says he wants to warn her about her husband’s sordid plans?
Joanna Froggatt and Michiel Huisman are both perfect in their roles. The looks and the pretenses end up acting like a scarf which tightens with each scene a little more around the neck of the spectator. Huisman cleverly maintains the ambiguity of a character who constantly alternates between seemingly sincere apologies and moments of pure Machiavellianism. The discomfort is permanent and voluntary, more effective than public service advertising.