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El Angel (2018)

El Ángel (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 9 November 2018 (USA)
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The angelic face of Carlos, a 17-year-old teenager, hides a dark facet of robberies, lies and murders.

Director:

Luis Ortega

Writers:

Luis Ortega (screenplay), Rodolfo Palacios (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Ferro ... Carlos
Cecilia Roth ... Aurora
Luis Gnecco ... Héctor
Malena Villa ... Gemelas
Sofía Inés Torner Sofía Inés Torner ... Doble Gemelas
Chino Darín ... Ramón
Marcelo Cancemi Marcelo Cancemi ... Preceptor
Mercedes Morán ... Ana María
Daniel Fanego ... José
Julia Perette Julia Perette ... Señora Aspiradora
Sergio Enrique Seguel Sergio Enrique Seguel ... Señor Sin Pierna
Mario Aitel Mario Aitel ... Dueño Casona San Isidro
Verónica Marlene Verón Yahari Verónica Marlene Verón Yahari ... Empleada Casa Quinta
Solange Veneziani Cardozo Solange Veneziani Cardozo ... Recepcionista Hotel
Rubén Esquivel Rubén Esquivel ... Linyera Hotel / Linyera Bar
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Storyline

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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Mas de 1.000.000 de espectadores en Argentina. [More than 1.000.000 viewers in Argentina.] (Spanish release poster) See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to Lorenzo Ferro, he was the first person to audition for the role of Carlitos out of thousands other actors. See more »

Goofs

Almost at the end of the film, Carlitos payed at the kiosko a bunch of cigarettes and some sweets with a 10 Argentinian pesos bill, but that currency didn't appear until the 90s. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Features Disorder in the Court (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

9 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,348, 11 November 2018

Gross USA:

$109,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,604,680
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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