2 user 2 critic

El ángel en el reloj (2017)

An ill girl wishes to stop time. This wish will lead her to a transitional adventure of self discovery and undertanding about life, death and relativity.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Ana y Bruno (2017)
Animation | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An animated adventure about a young girl who seeks out her father in order to help save her troubled mother.

Director: Carlos Carrera
Stars: Marina de Tavira, Damián Alcázar, Héctor Bonilla
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a language dies, a unique vision of the world is lost forever.

Director: Ernesto Contreras
Stars: Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, José Manuel Poncelis, Eligio Meléndez
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Leo must enlist the aid of his friends after being fooled by the Charro Negro, resulting a girl to be cast into the underworld.

Director: Alberto Rodriguez
Stars: Mayté Cordeiro, Andrés Couturier, Erick Elias
Los adioses (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rosario Castellanos is an introverted university student who doesn't seem to belong to her time. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, she is fighting to have voice heard in a society run by ... See full summary »

Director: Natalia Beristáin
Stars: Ari Albarrán, Hayde Boeto, Raúl Briones
Chavela (2017)
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012.

Directors: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
Stars: Pedro Almodóvar, Elena Benarroch, Miguel Bosé
Dayu haitang (2016)
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A 16-year-old girl travels to the human world in the form of a dolphin and forms a connection with a human boy.

Directors: Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang
Stars: Guanlin Ji, Shangqing Su, Timmy Xu


Credited cast:
Leonardo de Lozanne Leonardo de Lozanne ... Malaki
Erick Elias ... Alejandro
Laura Flores Laura Flores ... Ana
Camila Sodi ... Martina


An ill girl wishes to stop time. This wish will lead her to a transitional adventure of self discovery and undertanding about life, death and relativity.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Official Sites:

facebook | web page





Release Date:

25 May 2018 (Mexico) See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fotosintesis Media See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Boldly imperfect
31 May 2018 | by linkogeckoSee all my reviews

This movie, whose title translates to "The Angel in the Clock" is a very brave proposition from Mexico's animation industry, which has had a very marked tendency of continuing to believe that animation is "for children", with stories that usually fall within the stereotypes of very childish humor, non-fluid animation with plain character designs and boringly simple plots (see: most of Ánima Estudios' output). "The Angel" sets itself aside from most of these from the very start by making it clear that Amelia, the protagonist, is a young girl undergoing cancer treatment.

She cannot exert herself too much (a pain since her biggest passion is dance) and she sports a shaved head (this, along with her animation made it impossible for me not to think of her as "girl Aang") throughout. With this in mind, the plot has lofty aspirations for being a Very-Important-Family-Movie-About-Emotional-Maturity, like "Bridge to Terabithia" or even "A Monster Calls". It doesn't succeed entirely, mosty due to some narrative hiccups, but Amelia's situation leads to the movie being overall surprisingly philosophical about the subject of time (clearly a key topic for anyone with such a heavy illness, and for those who surround them).

The movie is also distinguished by visuals that, again, are unlike those of most of its peers. The character and background designs owe a massive debt to sources as diverse as The Legend of Zelda, Guillermo del Toro and Studio Ghibli (at times a bit TOO massive, while I loved the character of No-Time, its name and design blur the line between homage and plagiarism to No-Face), leading to an original and very pleasing visual cocktail. A significant portion of the budget must have gone to the SFX animation because it is truly world-class for this type of cel-shaded animation, I do not exaggerate in saying that it is as good as that in a GOOD anime. All this in addition to an effective soundtrack make "The Angel" one of those rare Mexican movies that fully understands the importance of audiovisuals in cinema.

I mentioned the budget mostly going to SFX and this brings me to the weak spots of the film, one of which is that the rest of the animation doesn't live up to its high points. This is a relatively cheap production, and it shows. While there are methods to make limited resources go a long way, the character animation usually just scrapes by. While the plot manages to cleverly handle some heavy, bold themes, the actual narrative is cobbled together and the seams of where tension or coincidences are forced in definitely tend to show. Some characters, specially the typical "comic relief companions" aren't that funny and don't really transcend those roles.

This is not a perfect movie, its flaws are undeniable and noticeable, but it is also importantly brave and novel for its context. Mexican animation rarely dares to try something so different from its usual toothless, hard G-rated fare, so to see a project like "The Angel", with imaginative visuals, philosophical dialogues about time and a very atypical protagonist really makes one hopeful for the possible future of the industry (yes, even when the Here and Now are what matter most).

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed