‘El Angel’ Review: Tracing a Sociopath’s Destiny

Henry Hill in “Goodfellas” all the time wished to be a gangster. In “El Angel,” wanting is inappropriate. Introducing himself, Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) explains that it was his future to be a thief. Luis Ortega’s 1970s-set crime characteristic is impressed by the real-life killer Carlos Robledo Puch, who has served greater than 45 years in jail in Argentina.

The film opens with the willowy Carlitos, whose gentle options and curls ultimately earn him his nickname, breaking right into a home, dancing in it after which stealing a motorbike, which he tells his mom (Cecilia Roth) was a mortgage from a pal. (“Individuals are all the time lending you issues,” she remarks.)

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Quickly a classmate, Ramón (Chino Darín), introduces him to his prison dad and mom. The foursome briefly have the makings of a profitable ring, till it turns into clear that the impulsive, disloyal Carlitos, held out as a possible sexual accomplice for all three, takes much more pleasure in residing dangerously.

The decidedly modest achievement of “El Angel” is to place viewers within the footwear of a sociopath, a personality for whom homicide is so informal that he doesn’t even waste time to blink earlier than capturing a truck driver or a safety guard. Carlitos’s sole cause for residing is shifting from one transgression to the subsequent.

The identical is perhaps mentioned of the film, which superficially probes his amorality whereas exploiting it for slick thrills. (When Carlitos units a automobile ablaze, Ortega drops “Home of the Rising Solar” — certainly one of a number of Scorsese-esque music cues.) “El Angel” appears expressly designed to supply no perception — solely an invite to gaze right into a terrifying black gap.

El Angel

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DirectorLuis OrtegaWritersSergio Olguín, Luis Ortega, Rodolfo PalaciosStarsLorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Daniel Fanego, Mercedes Morán, Cecilia RothRunning Time1h 58mGenresBiography, Crime, Drama

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Not rated. In Spanish, with English subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 58 minutes.

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