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138 Ratings

El ángel

Directed by Luis Ortega
Argentina, Spain, 2018
Biography, Crime, Drama


The story of Argentina’s longest-serving prisoner and one of its most brutal killers, Carlos Robledo Puch, dubbed the “Angel of Death” because of his angelic blonde curls.

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El ángel Directed by Luis Ortega
The thematic focus on the interconnectedness of sex and crime suggests the influence of Jean Genet, while Ortega’s flashy direction recalls the exuberance of movies like Goodfellas and Boogie Nights. The form and content never really jibe, but this might get under your skin anyway.
January 10, 2019
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Carlitos’s sole reason for living is moving from one transgression to the next. The same might be said of the movie, which superficially probes his amorality while exploiting it for slick thrills.
November 08, 2018
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Gorgeously shot by Julián Apezteguia and art-directed within an inch of its life, El Angel feels more than anything else like a lavishly decorated vitrine for the extraordinary exotic found object that is Lorenzo Ferro—a sullen, sultry wunderkind who could have walked out of a Caravaggio picture, with just a dash of Harpo Marx at his most satanic.
November 08, 2018
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