Writers In Movies – Angel by François Ozon

Hello gentle reader,

this week again I’m taking part in the Tursday’s Children meme hosted by Rhiann Wynn-Nolet and Kristina Perez. It is “a weekly blog hop where writers come together to talk about whatever inspires them.”


This week I’d like to share with you a movie I really like: Angel by French director François Ozon (2007).


In a previous post, I mentioned how I’m always annoyed by the way writers are portrayed in movies. In a word: unrealistic. Except maybe in Angel. This movie is about the life of a young romance writer at the beginning of the 20th Century. It was inspired by the life of Marie Corelli, who was one of the first authors to write bestsellers and become a star in the UK.

Here are a few reasons why I like this movie:


– It shows a writer writing.

In the morning, in the afternoon, at night, Angel writes. She forgets to eat, reads her stories aloud, sighs at people who disturb her… and she writes books. A lot of them. And the movie shows how much work and commitment it takes to do that.

Angel: “I am NOT leaving this room until I wrote ‘The End’!”

– It shows how crazy writers can appear to non-writers

Angel’s mother: “What if Angel is very gifted and we just don’t understand it?”

Angel’s husband: “You write too much!”

I love these quotes, because to her relatives, Angel is an alien. She spends her days in her bedroom writing stories. Who does that?! I also love the reaction of Angel’s mother when Angel tells her she’s getting published:

Angel: “A publisher wants to meet me!”

Mother (puzzled): “Whatever for?!”

Angel (laughs hysterically): “To publish my book!”

– It shows a writer who writes the stories she wants, and which then touch readers. I like how Angel writes what she loves and that’s how she becomes successful. But towards the end, when she writes to earn money and to give the readers what she thinks they want, her books don’t sell anymore.

Angel: “Don’t you know what this book means? It means money!”

– It shows how fleeting literary success is, but how a writer is a writer for life. After ten years of writing bestselling books, Angel stops being a successful writer when readers turn to other authors. But even when her books stop selling, she keeps writing, keeps coming up with new stories. Because you can’t stop imagination.

Angel - Ozon - Garai

Have you ever watched this movie? Do you recognise yourself in this character? Feel free to leave me a comment below, and to visit the other Thursday’s Children posts here.

Writers in Movies

As a writer who watches a lot of movies, I’m always slightly annoyed by the way writers are depicted in films. Why? Because according to movies, if you’re a writer…

You’re British (or at least European)

You’re agoraphobic

You always have a bad-hair day

You eat junk food

You have no sense of fashion

You suffer from writer’s block

You take drugs to fight writer’s block (and you have a bad-hair day)

You have conversations with imaginary people (who look like movie stars)

You’re a loner

You’re uptight

You’d do anything to avoid your agent/publisher/editor

You’re old-fashioned

You’re a sad little thing who needs a hug (and a boyfriend)

Your day job is teaching (and you hate it)

You’re crazy (and you know it)

Your life is a mess (and so are you)

Whatever you do, your manuscript will end up blown in the wind

Does this sound familiar to you? Do you agree with this depiction of writers in movies? Are you like this? Tell me what you think in the comment section!

Movie credits:

Secret Window by David Koepp (2004)

The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski (2011)

Adaptation by Spike Jonze (2002)

Swimming Pool by François Ozon (2002)

Possession by Neil LaBut (2002)

Stranger Than Fiction by Marc Forster (2006)

Nim’s Island by Jennifer Flackett & Mark Levin (2008)

Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen (2011)

Limitless by Neil Burger (2011)