2h 06m | Directed by Luis Ortega | Argentina/Spain | Drama
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2018 Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Picture — Argentina
Official Selection — 2017 Cannes Film Festival; 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Produced by Pedro Almodóvar, Luis Ortega’s stylish, pop-infused, true-crime thriller traces the rise of one of Argentina’s most notorious serial killers — Carlos Robledo Puch, the longest-serving prisoner in Argentine history. It’s 1971 and Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) is an angel-faced Buenos Aires teen — and a successful small-time thief. When he meets the handsome and hard-as-nails Ramón (Chino Darín) at his new school, the pair are instantly drawn to one another and soon embark on an escalating journey of violent criminality.
El Angel might be a period action drama, but its themes are just as relevant to what we are seeing unfold in the world today.
Sezin Koehler | Black Girl Nerds | Full review
Lorenzo Ferro plays the young sociopath, whose beatific appearance caused the press to dub him “The Angel of Death,” with a vacant remorselessness that unsettles those around him – and us, too.
Glen Weldon | NPR | Full review
A stylish period piece boasting solid performances, colorful visuals and a terrific vintage soundtrack.
Stephen Dalton | Hollywood Reporter | Full review