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El Angel

El Ángel

The controversial exploits of baby-faced Argentine serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch are exhilaratingly reinterpreted in this stylish biopic.

Dir Luis Ortega
Prod Hugo Sigman, Sebastián Ortega, Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, Matías Mosteirín, Esther García, Leticia Cristi, Axel Kuschevatzky, Pablo Culell
Scr Luis Ortega, Rodolfo Palacios, Sergio Olguín
With Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Mercedes Morán
Argentina-Spain
2018
115min
Sales Film Factory Entertainment
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The true story of Argentina’s most infamous criminal is one of such heightened drama it could easily be mistaken for fiction. With his latest film, director Luis Ortega mines the cinematic potential of this extraordinary tale, crafting one of the year’s most arresting thrillers. Carlitos (a revelatory Lorenzo Ferro) is a beautiful 17-year-old whose youthful appearance masks a criminal mastermind. When he starts at a new school, Carlitos meets his match in Ramon, a handsome rebel who shares his unlawful interests. As the pair embark on a breathless journey of theft and murder, the press dub Carlitos ‘The Angel of Death’, transforming him into a media sensation. Bristling with vibrant energy and sizzling homoeroticism, this eccentric crime caper is a veritable feast for the senses, betraying a disturbing reality beneath the seductive punch of its immediate stylistic pleasures.

Michael Blyth

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