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Jena Malone shines in Victorian sexual repression thriller 'Angelica'

Jena Malone shines in Victorian sexual repression thriller 'Angelica'

Writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein will always have a tough time topping “Teeth,” the sensational body-horror film he released to critical acclaim a decade ago. But Lichtenstein gets close to matching that cult favorite with “Angelica,” a Victorian gothic melodrama that — like “Teeth” — features a strong female lead and some disturbing evocations of sexual anxiety.

Based on an Arthur Phillips novel, “Angelica” stars Jena Malone as Constance, the wife of a prominent London medical researcher, John Barton. While giving birth to their first child — named Angelica — Constance suffers injuries to her reproductive system so severe that her doctors suggest she should forever be “a...

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