Two guardian angels find looking after humans a troublesome affair in “Offending Angels,” a first feature by Brit actor-turned-multihyphenate Andrew Rajan that would have made an interesting graduation work. Despite some moments of genuine charm, along with game playing by lead thesps Susannah Harker and Andrew Lincoln, this no-budget, lightly comic attempt at a kind of purely metaphysical cinema, “Wings of Desire” London-style, is let down by an unshaped, over-discursive script. Commercial prospects are feather light.
The underrated Harker is good as Paris, who, with fellow angel Zeke (Shaun Parkes), is assigned to look after wannabe concert singer Sam (Andrew Lincoln, recalling his boyish TV persona) and his slacker pal-cum-flatmate, Baggy (Rajan). Paris breaks heaven’s rules by falling for Baggy, and Sam doesn’t realize his dowdy best friend, Alison (newcomer Paula O’Grady, ripe for a Mike Leigh role), is crazy for him, and … that’s about it. Pic is basically people talking — in parks, rooms or on the street — and about 20% of the time the dialogue and performance chemistry spring to some life. Pic’s visual style is very basic, tech credits (in a blowup from 16mm) are functional.