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->''"This is what would happen if [[Creator/AndreiTarkovsky Tarkovsky]] made an anime."''
-->--'''Website/YouTube commentator'''

''Angel's Egg'' (''Tenshi No Tamago'' in Japanese) is a surreal 1985 animated film which was directed by Creator/MamoruOshii and featured art designs by Creator/YoshitakaAmano. The film centers around a young girl protecting an egg in an abandoned gothic city who meets a mysterious man with a [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross-shaped]] rifle. The rest is... [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible a bit harder to describe]], but it's [[TakeOurWordForIt extremely beautiful nonetheless]].
!!This film contains examples of:
* AsTheGoodBookSays: The man quotes a passage from the King James Bible [[spoiler: describing the destruction of life on earth during the Great Flood.]]
* BadFuture: According to the man, the story of [[spoiler:Noah's Ark didn't end well in this universe. The ending, which reveals them to be on an ark, seems to confirm it.]]
* BarefootPoverty: The girl wears no shoes throughout the entire film, which is used to reflect her status as a hermit.
* BeautifulVoid: The setting is completely deserted, dark and worn out, but damn if it isn't lovingly designed.
* CallASmeerpARabbit: The dove as represented in art around the city looks more like some horrifying winged humanoid.
* CrapsackWorld: While it's not clear [[MindScrew what's going on]], it's clear that this world isn't an inviting place to live.
* CreepyCathedral: The man and girl go to a huge, deserted cathedral to get away from the fishermen.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: The man has a cross-shaped... Gun? Staff? Something?
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The girl breaks down crying because the man destroys her egg, then she runs off, drowns and turns into a statue. It's further implied that the ark will continue to be gradually submerged until all life is definitively eradicated from the world.]]
* EggMcGuffin: The titular egg which is carried around by the girl and the man wants to open. [[spoiler:It's empty... or is it?]]
%%* FacelessEye
* FacelessMasses: The fishermen.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: Giant flying coelacanth shadows, to be exact.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: A bell starts tolling ominously when the fishermen first appear.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:The girl apparently dies after losing her egg and becomes part of a spaceship (?) as the man looks on. But with her death, lots of eggs emerge from the water. The camera zooms out, revealing that they were on an ark all along. The end.]]
* GhostCity: The city is completely deserted, save for the two main characters, and the fishermen who may or may not be alive.
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: It has forsaken the world and [[spoiler:left all remaining life to die on Noah's Ark.]]
* ImportationExpansion: When it was brought to the US, 45 minutes of live action footage was added in an attempt to release it as a post-apocalyptic thriller. This version, called ''Film/InTheAftermathAngelsNeverSleep'' was released in 1988 to mixed reviews.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning:
** The scene just before [[spoiler:the man breaks the egg]] has the girl asleep and the man sitting beside her bed while the fire burns. This lasts for about 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
** The ending consists of very long take as the camera "flies" away from the ground.
* MindScrew: When even ''[[Creator/MamoruOshii the goddamn creator]]'' throws up his hands and admits he has no idea what the film is supposed to say, you know you're in bizarro land.
* {{Minimalism}}: It has only two characters, neither of which have names, and less than a page of dialogue, most of which is contained in a single scene. The anime focuses more on the girl's devotion to her egg than anything else.
* MinimalistCast: The only people we ever see is [[NoNameGiven the little girl with the egg and the young warrior with the cross shaped rifle.]] Apart from them and a number of ghostly fishermen who can't really be considered characters, the [[BeautifulVoid highly detailed world the two inhabit is completely deserted.]]
* MysticalWhiteHair: Both the girl and the man, which hints at them [[spoiler:possibly being God sent.]]
* NoNameGiven: Neither the girl nor the man are named.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Apparently, they lay eggs and / or destroy them, or something. One is shown as a skeleton.
* RapunzelHair: The girl. It could probably envelope her whole.
* TheReveal: At the end of the movie, the camera pulls out slowly to show that [[spoiler:the city is built on the capsized hull of Noah's Ark.]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: There's lots of heavy religious symbolism everywhere.
* SceneryPorn: This is Yoshitaka Amano's and Mamoru Oshii's visual poem. With only about five minutes of dialogue in its seventy minute run time the absolutely gorgeous visuals carry the film's elegant, surreal, and poignant "narrative."
* TheScream: The girl lets out a [[HellIsThatNoise bloodcurdling]] scream when [[spoiler: she finds the egg destroyed.]]
* SilenceIsGolden: There's less than a page of dialogue, and most of it is in one scene. The second line of dialogue is said a full 24 minutes into a 71 minute film.
* TheStoic: The man has a jaded, emotionless demeanor. He does, however, seem shocked when he sees [[spoiler: the angel skeleton.]]
* TakenForGranite: The man says that [[spoiler: everyone in Noah's Ark, which they are on, turned to stone. The fishermen might be part of it.]]
* WorldOfSymbolism: Arguably the point of the movie.