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El Angel (2018)

El ángel (original title)
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Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old youth with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people's things, but it wasn't until his early adolescence that... See full summary »

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Luis Ortega
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lorenzo Ferro Lorenzo Ferro ... Carlos
Chino Darín ... Ramón
Daniel Fanego ... José
Mercedes Morán ... Ana María
Cecilia Roth ... Aurora
Peter Lanzani ... Miguel
Luis Gnecco ... Héctor
Malena Villa ... Marisol / Magdalena
William Prociuk ... Federica
Fernando Noy Fernando Noy ... Invitado casa Federica
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diego Echegoyen Diego Echegoyen
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Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old youth with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people's things, but it wasn't until his early adolescence that his true calling--to be a thief--manifested itself. When he meets Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discoveries, love and crime. Killing is just a random offshoot of the violence, which continues to escalate until Carlitos is finally apprehended. Because of his angelic appearance, the press dubs Carlitos "The Angel of Death." Showered with attention because of his beauty, he becomes an overnight celebrity. Altogether, he is believed to have committed over forty thefts and eleven homicides. Today, after more than forty-six years in jail, Carlos Robledo Puch is the longest- serving prisoner in the history of Argentina. Written by Dane

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Inspirado en hechos reales. [Inspired by true events.]

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Argentina | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Surround 7.1

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1.85 : 1
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Fun fact from Argentina citizen, at the time (1972) the maximum sentence for any crime was life sentence, but that carry implicit 45 year parole mandatory, because the law say so, the crimes was so severe the judge decided to avoid this possibility of getting out 45 years later, and decided to lay down a new unprecedented at the time sentence of life time reclusion plus undetermined length of prison, so he after 45 year in prison ask every year how much is the sentence left, since is undetermined it turned in to a political move, and he will never get out if any parent of any assassination victim is alive. See more »

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[first lines]
Carlos: Are people crazy? Does anybody consider the chance to be free? Going wherever you want; however you want. We all have a destiny. I am a natural-born thief. I don't believe in "this is yours, and this is mine".
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Himno Nacional Argentino
Written by Vicente López y Planes (lyrics) and Blas Parera (music)
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Almost a masterpiece
10 October 2018 | by BocioSee all my reviews

"People are crazy" is the first thing we heard from Carlitos at the start of "El Ángel". He too. His is an ordinary madness ("natural born chorro") but when he crosses with Ramón and his family will begin a story of love, dementia and death that has as a backdrop the dictatorship of Lanusse (1971). Moving like a fish in the water within the coordinates of the commercial cinema, Luis Ortega composes a fascinating film, a huge poetry (which at times borders the surrealism of Buñuel or Favio) and an impeccable actor´s direction. Two hours full of anthological scenes, lines of dialogue to remember, motorcycles, girls, weapons, vinyls, motels and cigarette smoke. The blood is few because the shots go through the daring lines of dialogue between the characters. Everything that in "History of a Clan" was lynchean perversion and obscurity becomes pop insanity here, mounted on a musical cavalcade that astutely emphasizes every moment and includes La Joven Guardia, Pappo's Blues, Manal, Gigliola Cinquetti, Leonardo Favio, Piazzolla, variations on Charlie Parker, Johnny Tedesco and -of course- King Palito Ortega (father of the director) in two very moving moments of the plot. Lorenzo Ferro debuts before the camera without any previous experience in the performance. He has the face, the gesture and the intensity of a cinematographic animal and holds the entire film with his adolescent androgyny. Chino Darin once more demonstrates that - well managed - he can become a Pasolinian subject. In addition to his sexual magnetism a la Brando, he has a special aura to compose tragic roles. The Fanego / Morán duo is irresistibly morbid. And near the end comes a wonderful Peter Lanzani, close to the Denis Hopper of "Easy Rider" in argento mode or John Voight´s midnight cowboy walking on the streets of Buenos Aires. The photo and color correction of the duo Apezteguía / Russo moves between blood red and a stifling cyanotic. The reconstruction of the era is splendid. The film has everything to become the Panzer tank of the Argentine industry. But at the same time it's an instant classic. Chapeau Ortega.


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