TIFF 2018 Capsule Review: EL ANGEL (Argentina/Spain2018) ***1/2

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

El Angel Poster
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…See full summary »


Luis Ortega

Not since THE OMEN has evil been given a more deliciously portrayal as in the angelic innocent face of Damien the satanic child.   Loosely based on the infamous Argentinian serial killer dubbed “Death Angel”, EL ANGEL (THE ANGEL) follows an innocuous-looking, all blond hair and cherubic face but deeply sinister thief whose lawlessness escalates exponentially when he takes up with a career criminal. 

 Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) has decent parents who discouragers him from stealing but Carlitos does so because he revels in it.  Trouble really begins when he meets Ramon (Chino Darín), the son of criminals, the attraction he feels (for both crime and also for Ramon as evident in one homo-erotic scene) causes him to up the ante and engage in more serious criminal activity.  Soon, the young men are killing.   

Director Ortega is surely fascinated with subject and the film shows mostly the glamour that goes with the killing and robbing.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfNtW7xkvzM

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